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Kim Kardashian: Sex tape introduced me to the world

Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian Credit: Getty Images

Wow, you don't say.

Apparently Kim Kardashian is ready to admit that her notoriety is largely due to that sex tape she released, er, we mean, that was leaked in 2007. "Would you be where you are had there not been a sex tape?" Oprah Winfrey asked the reality queen on Sunday's much-hyped "Oprah's Next Chapter" special on OWN.

"You know, I think that's how I was definitely introduced to the world," Kardashian, 31, said of the tape, which was the focus of a lawsuit until she settled with Vivid Entertainment to distribute it. "It was a negative way, so I felt like I really had to work 10 times harder to get people to see the real me."

As detailed in People, Kim naturally scoffs at the assumption that she was behind the video's release, and said that she's always been concerned about "humiliating the family."

Mom Kris Jenner admitted to Oprah that when the tape was released, it was a "really bad day." "No mother ever wants to hear something like that ... could tell she was in a lot of pain."

Maybe so, but clearly the family parlayed that "pain" into a gazillion-dollar empire packed with reality shows, endorsements and product deals, making them the poster people for "famous for being famous."

And, according to Kim, both the sex tape and her absurd 72-day marriage to Kris Humphries are all water under the bridge:

"I have to live with the choices I've made," she said. "And I can't dwell on it." 

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