Los Angeles - The Kardashians threatened to quit E! before landing a $100m deal.
The Keeping Up with the Kardashians stars recently signed a new four-year contract with the channel for the eye-watering sum but it's now been reported they threatened to leave the network before securing the deal.
Claiming the Kardashian's matriarch Kris Jenner was lead negotiator for her family, a source shared: "This has been in the works for almost a year. Kris is a fierce negotiator ... She was playing major hardball and threatening to leave."
The 59-year-old star and her daughters - Kim Kardashian West, Kourtney Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian, Kendall Jenner, Kylie Jenner - have been starring in the E! show since 2007 and network bosses were keen to keep them bringing in viewers.
The source added to the New York Post newspaper's PageSix: "E! needs them."
Meanwhile, 34-year-old Kim - who has 20-month-old daughter North with husband Kanye West - on Thursday night took to her Instagram account to post a racy picture of herself wearing skimpy lingerie to celebrate hitting 27 million followers on the social media site.
She wrote: "27 mil!!!!! Thank you so much!!!!! I love you all!!!!! (sic)."
27 mil!!!!! Thank you so much!!!! I love you all!!!!! ??A photo posted by Kim Kardashian West (@kimkardashian) on Feb 26, 2015 at 1:42pm PST
27 mil!!!!! Thank you so much!!!! I love you all!!!!! ??
A photo posted by Kim Kardashian West (@kimkardashian) on Feb 26, 2015 at 1:42pm PST
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