Lamar Odom's Overdose Reportedly Triggered By (and Turning Into) a Storyline on "Keeping Up With the Kardashians"


Lamar Odom is fighting for his life. His troubles have been well-documented because of his relationship with Khloe Kardashian. Piers Morgan wrote a column for the Daily Mail placing the blame for Odom’s problems on the Kardashians. At first glance, I thought it was just an excuse for a clever headline, but the more we hear about Odom’s situation, the less outlandish it seems. According to TMZ, the catalyst for the bender was an episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians.

"Lamar seemed normal during his stay until he got a call from someone about the show. Some of the women who were around Lamar say he became irate, complaining about the way he had just been portrayed on the show. As for what was on the show …  Khloe got 2 calls from Lamar. When she got off the phone Kim criticized Khloe for being flirty with Lamar. In another clip, Lamar called Khloe to tell her that his good friend Jamie had died. When she got off the phone she worried Lamar might spin out of control. And in another scene Khloe fled a club after she heard Lamar was trying to get in. We’re told Lamar remained upset until he was found unconscious."

Lamar and Khloe seperated in 2013, but didn’t officially sign divorce papers until this summer. There’s no telling how much contact Odom had with the family over the last two years, but they still rushed to Odom’s side in the hospital. According to Radar Online Khloe, Kim, and Kris all showed up at the hospital – with cameras in tow.

"“It’s [a] s**t show,” a source close to the situation told Radar. “The Kardashians are trying to run everything. They walked into the hospital with cameras rolling. It was shocking, but hardly a surprise.” Khloe was “extremely upset,” the source told Radar,” adding that “they are all crying and pretending like they care."

Again, there’s probably a little editorializing there. It’s not out of the realm of possibilities that the Kardashians are able to actually be upset about a personal tragedy. Odom was a part of their family – to whatever extent – and he is someone they know well, no matter how those relationships are portrayed on reality television. Still, there’s nothing this family can do that seems genuine as long as everything will end up on television.