The star shot to fame in 2007, when a 2002 romp she had filmed with her then-boyfriend Ray J was leaked online, just as Kim and her family were getting ready to launch their E! reality show.
At the time, Kim addressed her reasons for agreeing to shoot the X-rated clip during an on-camera chat with her older sister Kourtney Kardashian, declaring she did it "because I was horny and I felt like it."
Now, as the series finale of "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" looms, Kim admits talking about difficult subjects on the show has helped her to process the ups and downs in her life.
During an interview with the Los Angeles Times, the mother-of-four said, "I do think that, obviously, as producers, I'm sure they loved it. And loved [us] wanting to talk about the elephant in the room. And I probably wouldn't have, unless it was for the show."
"Sometimes I feel like, 'OK, I know I should probably deal and get this over with. Someone's gonna ask me, so I might as well just go ahead and do it.' "
"In a way, filming has helped us deal with things, instead of sweeping them under the rug. At the end of the day, I was always open and honest and wanted to share whatever I was going through. I wasn't gonna hold back."
Executive producer Farnaz Farjam also opened up about Kim's decision to comment on the sex tape on air, revealing she wasn't on board with the plan at first.
Farnaz said, "I remember Kim being conflicted about it, because she hated everything that was going on around that tape. We all talked about, 'We just have to own all the controversy around this family,' and jumped in with both feet in the first episode. Then, the audience can get to know them at a much deeper level than what's been [in] tabloid headlines."
The 20th and final season of "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" premiered in March, and Kim has continued to be honest with fans, recently admitting on air that her current divorce from third husband Kanye West has left her feeling like a "failure."
The last ever episode is set to debut on Thursday, June 10.