She may be turning 58 today, but Kris Jenner is at the peak of her professional career. The momager to the Kardashian empire helped anchor a $40 million deal last year for three more seasons of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, took a crack at hosting a talk show earlier this summer, and even scored an endorsement deal with an adult diaper company after peeing her pants on television in 2011. Whatever Jenner touches (or soaks) clearly seems to turn to gold!
That success hasn’t come without scrutiny, though. In honor of her 58th birthday, check out the seven most controversial moments of her career.
1. Playing Momager on Kim Kardashian’s Sex Tape
Although she has never admitted this herself, numerous sources claim that Jenner played an instrumental role in landing a deal for Kim Kardashian’s 2007 sex tape with Ray J. A source told Star magazine that Jenner “was there every step of the way as a middle man” and "saw [her] signature on the contract." Fatmire “Myla” Sinanaj also told TMZ that Kardashian’s ex-husband, Kris Humphries, revealed to her that Jenner “not only directed Kim to shoot her sex tape, but to re-shoot because Kris didn’t think the first one was pretty enough.”
2. Cheating On Rob Kardashian
In her tell-all book, Kris Jenner and All Things Kardashian, Jenner revealed she had a steamy affair during her first marriage to Rob Kardashian. “I don’t know why I was having a mid-life crisis at 30, but I was,” she wrote. “His name was Ryan and he was a producer. We had wild sex everywhere, all the time.”
3. Climbing Into a Coffin
During an August 2012 episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Jenner creeped out fans when she mused over buying a family burial plot. She brought Kim and Rob along to give some coffins a test run and eventually climbed into one, posing as a corpse in front of her own children.
4. Bikini Photos
She may be 58, but you would never know it based on her Instagram and Twitter accounts. Jenner regularly posts photos of herself in bikini photos and other revealing clothing for the world to see. She even posted a bikini photo of herself last September with the caption, “Last day of summer gonna miss you.”
5. Plastic Surgery Obsession
Jenner is open about her love for plastic surgery and has even invited cameras to film her getting a facelift and boob job. Her sister, Karen, told In Touch magazine last month that her estranged sister has spent a staggering $1 million on plastic surgery throughout her life.
6. Bribing Talk Show Reviewer
Her six-week talk show, Kris, was arguably the biggest fail in the Kardashian empire so far, but the most shocking moment came when she tried to bribe a New York Post TV critic for good reviews. Linda Stasi revealed that after slamming her talk show, Jenner sent her a bribe of a dozen Magnolia cupcakes and a $325 sterling silver pen from Tiffany’s.
“Dear Linda, Sorry you didn’t like the show. I’m still a huge fan of your column. Love and blessings, Kris,” read the accompanying note. “P.S. When you think I’ve improved, maybe you will write a better REVIEW with this!”
7. Bruce Jenner Separation
After 22 years of marriage, Kris and Bruce Jenner announced they were separating earlier this month. Jenner explained to Kathie Lee Gifford last week that they were “better people and happier just spending time apart than we are spending time together. We decided this was best for our family. We came to a place where this isn’t healthy, the way we were treating each other.”