When I was first introduced to Kris Jenner, she possessed everything you would envy in a person: charisma, confidence, and warmth. In our first meeting for what would become the 20-season TV juggernaut Keeping Up With the Kardashians, I saw her fearlessness firsthand as she insisted the show include not only the family’s high points, but all its vulnerabilities as well.

Since then, Kris has become the undisputed matriarch of reality television and is destined to be ranked among the top marketing minds in history. This year, she successfully pivoted her family’s kingdom from cable to streaming, relaunching as The Kardashians on Hulu. As the stabilizing core of an empire, she continually navigates the unexpected challenges of life and business with empathy, transparency, and endurance.

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She is also a mother and a grandmother, and has become a friend and big sister to me. If you’ve ever wondered how the chaos of every episode of the show always ended with a family meeting and hugs, it’s because that’s who Kris Jenner is. Family comes first.

Seacrest is a creator of Keeping Up With the Kardashians and an Emmy-winning producer

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