Kim and co could get Kards

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in­sider said Mel B is “es­pe­cially focused” on stay­ing “clean and ma­ter­nal” on tour af­ter a bit­ter cus­tody bat­tle with ex-hus­band Stephen Be­la­fonte. The Spice Girls, who will play 13 dates in the UK and Ire­land with­out band­mate Vic­to­ria Beck­ham, 44, turned down

£80mil­lion to also tour Amer­ica. Our source said the group wanted to stay close to their fam­i­lies and homes. In 2008, the Spice Girls can­celled re­union tour dates in China, Hong Kong, Aus­tralia, South Africa and Ar­gentina over “fam­ily com­mit­ments”.

The group, who shot to fame in 1996 with de­but sin­gle Wannabe, went their sep­a­rate ways in

2008 be­fore re­unit­ing for a one-off per­for­mance at the Lon­don Olympics clos­ing cer­e­mony in 2012. Their dreary de­mands pale into in­signif­i­cance com­pared to rock­ers of old.

Van Halen fa­mously asked for a tube of K-Y Jelly as well as a bowl of M&Ms with all the brown ones re­moved. Guns N’ Roses wanted 1,000 cig­a­rettes per show and an “as­sort­ment of adult mag­a­zines”.

Mot­ley Crüe de­manded a 15ft boa con­stric­tor, a ma­chete, a dou­ble-bladed knife and a loaded ma­chine gun.

But Mar­i­lyn Man­son’s ru­moured re­quest for a bald, tooth­less pros­ti­tute was later la­belled “a joke”. KEEP­ING Up With The Kar­dashi­ans, the world’s best-known re­al­ity show, is fac­ing the axe af­ter

12 years on TV. Net­work bosses, alarmed by a rat­ings slump, have yet to of­fer Kim and co a new deal af­ter the 16th sea­son airs this sum­mer.

Fol­low­ing this se­ries, the fam­ily’s three-year con­tract for $150mil­lion – about

£117m – comes to an end. A se­nior source at NBC Uni­ver­sal, which owns the E! ca­ble chan­nel on which Keep­ing Up is broad­cast, con­firmed: “We could be close to the end of an era.

“There hasn’t been a move to tie them to a con­tract and the fu­ture of the show is un­der very close scru­tiny.

“The pre­vail­ing view is that it will be canned un­less the Kar­dashi­ans are pre­pared to ac­cept greatly re­duced salaries, which – given the huge wealth most of them have – is un­likely.”

A mere 851,000 view­ers across the US tuned in for last year’s sea­son 15 fi­nale – a far cry from the record­set­ting peak of 4.8m.

Me­dia an­a­lyst Mike Raia said: “They are los­ing view­ers be­cause the older sis­ters don’t seem as in­ter­ested in play­ing to the cam­eras.

“And ap­pear­ances by their younger half-sis­ters Kylie and Ken­dall, who are more ap­peal­ing to the 18-to-35 age group, are be­com­ing in­creas­ingly in­fre­quent.”

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