Khloé Kardashian and Lamar Odom
04/12/2011 at 10:00 AM EDT
When it came to getting Lamar Odom to participate in a new reality show with wife Khloé Kardashian, it was no slam-dunk.
Just three days into filming Khloé and Lamar
, Kardashian admits that her NBA star husband wanted out.
"He said, 'Can you tell your mom to get us out of this contract,' " Kardashian told Ellen DeGeneres
during a taping of her talk show
set to air Tuesday.
"I thought it was going to be easy," Odom said of filming their own new E! show
. "It's really tough."
But his wife was resolute: "I go, 'Absolutely not,' " Kardashian said. "I go, 'Nope, that ship has sailed. I told you.' "
Kardashian, 26, also understood her husband's hesitation. "It's a lot. I mean, I knew from doing my family's show how intense and grueling and how much they are really in your face. I personally didn't want to do the show," Kardashian said. "I love taping. I just didn't want to put Lamar through that pressure, and Lamar was like, 'Let's do it. Everyone keeps asking. Let's do it.' "
Fortunately for fans, Odom is a team player. "Lamar is great and he loves the finished product," Kardashian said. "We have really expensive home videos."