Viewers will see Caitlyn Jenner beginning her life as a woman on an eight-part docu-series on E! this summer.
But they won’t be seeing the four oldest children of the former Bruce Jenner.
Burt, Cassandra, Brandon, and Brody Jenner ‘disagree with their father’s decision’ to do a series for E! which also airs Keeping Up With the Kardashians, according to Buzz Bissinger, the author of the upcoming Vanity Fair cover profile on Jenner out next week.
Bissinger writes: … [D]espite numerous entreaties from their father as well as the head of E! programming, the Jenner children refuse to participate, forgoing financial gain and exposure in the process. At first their decision did not seem to register with Caitlyn. She kept hoping they could be persuaded because she knows from eight years on Keeping Up with the Kardashians the necessity of a family dynamic for ratings success. When she realized the decision was final, she became increasingly frustrated and on one occasion hurled profanities. She told me she felt “terribly disappointed and terribly hurt."’
The four eldest children are from Jenner’s first two marriages. She also has two daughters, Kylie and Kendall, with third ex-wife Kris Jenner.
The four showed their public support of their father by appearing on the two-hour interview Jenner did with Diane Sawyer for ABC News which aired in April. Brandon Jenner was present when Jenner’s interview with Sawyer was taped.
But neither Kylie or Kendell Jenner or Jenner’s four stepchildren – Kim, Kourtney, Khloe or Rob Kardashian – appeared on the ABC special. That group of children, with the exception of Rob, shared their feelings in a recent two-part episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians titled About Bruce.
Brandon and Brody Jenner have begun to appear on Keeping Up With the Kardashians in recent years. But that popular reality show has at times caused further strain between Jenner and the older kids.
‘I think the nail in the coffin for the relationship was the beginning of the TV show,’ in 2007, Burt Jenner says in the Vanity Fair article. ‘There was a you-aren’t-part-of-this kind of thing. Kris made the choice to make a good TV show that was in their image and brand.
‘As she put it in a book she wrote called Kris Jenner … and All Things Kardashian, the title Keeping Up with the Kardashians and the Jenners just didn’t have the same ring to it.’