It's being confirmed that Kim Kardashian, fresh off her honeymoon with husband Kanye West, will indeed join her sisters in the Hamptons for their newest reality show. Kim, 33, will appear on the "Kourtney & Khloe Take the Hamptons" series that's just begun filming in the tony Long Island enclave, according to Hollywood Life on June 4.
However, the Kardashian invasion has some wealthy neighbors in the upscale community up in arms. Many are upset about it since they don't welcome the hassle of the cameras, the paparazzi and all the fanfare that comes along with this attention-seeking reality family. One area resident even likened the Kardashians' arrival to a plague.
North West's infamous mom will join her sisters Khloe Kardashian, 29, and Kourtney Kardashian, 35, as they film their new reality show over the summer. It's being reported that Khloe has already booked a luxurious beach venue there, to celebrate her upcoming 30th birthday on June 27.
One Southampton insider says Khloe's party is set to take place at 1 OAK. Meanwhile, the landlord who rented retail space to the Kardashians is taking flack from her fellow residents, according to the N.Y. Post's Page Six.
Irma Herzog, owner of the Driver's Seat restaurant on Job's Lane, has been pelted with disparaging comments on the Internet since she rented the storefront next door to the Kardashians for the Dash boutique they opened on Monday. Herzog is now trying to keep a low profile in town, but there are concerns people may boycott her eatery.
Herzog took over the restaurant in 2005, but the popular meeting spot has has been an institution for locals since it opened back in 1960. One resident, when asked if he would avoid the business, replied that people are going to boycott Southampton altogether.
Advertising mogul Jerry Della Femina said, "Forget about the Driver’s Seat. People are going to avoid Southampton! [Irma] should be brought up on charges." Della Famina, who recently moved from East Hampton to Bridgehampton, added, "I view [the Kardashian situation] like people viewed the plague in the Middle Age. I just want to survive it."
As Khloe and Kourtney began shooting their reality show in town on Tuesday, they drew a crowd of fans who followed them around. Southampton Mayor Mark Epley said he hopes it was just the novelty of the scene that drew the onlookers, adding that he hopes it will become a non-event.
Steven Gaines, author of "Philistines at the Hedgerow," noted that "other circuses" have come to town, from Sean Combs and his White Party, to "The Real Housewives of New York City". But he says they've never drawn the glare of paparazzi before.
Gaines pointed out that residents invested millions in Hamptons' real estate for the resort-like elegance and class the summer destination provides. Now he claims many are repulsed by the Kardashians, and feel the Hampton's brand is in jeopardy because they cheapen it.
Ultimately Gaines said the arrival of the famous reality family will take the notoriety factor to a whole other level. "Thank God they are only staying for three months."