Over the decade-plus that "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" has been airing on E!, the producers have become extremely skilled at dragging out drama. They offer just enough juicy hints while giving away almost no details, until the perfect time arrives for maximum publicity.
It's truly the reason that the reality show has successfully endured for 16 seasons - and a logistical necessity, given that episodes about Kardashian-Jenner scandals typically air many months after they actually happened. And sure enough, Sunday night's Season 16 premiere had absolutely nothing to do with the story that has consumed the family for the last six weeks: That time model Jordyn Woods (Kylie Jenner's longtime best friend) kissed NBA player Tristan Thompson (Khloé Kardashian's boyfriend and father of her daughter) at a party.
When Khloé discovered the betrayal in February, she reportedly immediately dumped Thompson, and Woods - who lived in Kylie's home - was kicked out and shunned by the family. This resulted in an internet meltdown among the millions of their fans, hungry for information.
Woods provided some fodder during an emotional interview with Jada Pinkett Smith on "Red Table Talk." Khloé fired back with some angry tweets. And leading up to the premiere, Kris Jenner revealed to "KUWTK" executive producer Ryan Seacrest that she's relied on prayer to get through the drama. Kylie told the New York Times that she wasn't the one who slashed the prices on Woods' lip kits that are sold through her cosmetics company: "That is just not my character. I would never do something like that and when I saw it, I was like, thrown back."