Kris Jenner thinks the success Kim and her siblings Khloe and Kourtney have made of their television shows – including ‘Keeping Up with the Kardashians’, ‘Kourtney and Khloe take Miami’ and ‘Kim and Kourtney Take New York’ – proves they deserve to be as respected as much as any other star.

She said: "They might not be singers or dancers, but they certainly know how to produce a television show.

"Whether you want to call it talent or not, they have multiple shows on the air. How many shows do you have?"

Kris also blasted criticism that her daughters – who along with their family members earned a combined $65 million last year - are just socialites without jobs, insisting they have always worked hard, despite their privileged upbringing.

She told Redbook magazine: "It's annoying when I hear, 'What do your girls do?' Well, first of all, all of my daughters have jobs. They are fashion stylists and designers; they own a chain of stores. They had the stores before they had the show. And my kids worked from the time they were 13 years old. So to me, that's a huge misconception that the girls don't work. They work 25 hours a day."