By: KIANA McDONALD
Early on September 8th, Kim Kardashian West was the first to break the news of the end of Keeping Up With The Kardashian’s. After 14 years and 20 seasons, the iconic reality show will air their last season in early 2021. The statement posted on behalf of the family and cast began with, “To our amazing fans… It is with heavy hearts that we’ve made the difficult decision as a family to say goodbye to Keeping Up with the Kardashians”. Khloe Kardashian and Kris Jenner quickly reposted the statement. Khloe added, “I’m too emotional to fully express myself at the moment.” Kourtney, who left the show early this year, posted to her Instagram story, “I will gather my thoughts and share them in a bit”. E! News also followed with a social media post expressing their gratitude towards the family saying, “While it has been an absolute privilege and we will miss them wholeheartedly, we respect the family’s decision to live their lives without our cameras.” Meanwhile, the rest of the Kardashian-Jenner family remains silent on the news.
Kris Jenner sparked the debate on whether or not to end the show after Jenner sisters, Kendall and Kylie, threatened to quit. With Kourtney, Kendall, and Kylie quitting the reality show and Kim struggling to find time to film, the resolution was clear. After a lot of consideration, it was ultimately decided that the family would be better off canceling the show. Although this decision was agreed on and carefully thought out by the entire family, Khloe Kardashian and Scott Disick are still trying to wrap their heads around the news. During Ryan Seacrest’s interview with Kris Jenner on September 9th, Kris shared, “We were all crying, but I think Khloé is the one who is taking it the hardest and hasn’t stopped crying since we announced it… It’s been a hard decision. I’m not going to lie. It’s been very emotional.”
Fans and friends of the family took to social media to share their thoughts. Fans are heartbroken over the news but are forever grateful for the joy that the show has brought to them for the past 14 years. Paris Hilton is partially responsible for Kim’s quick rise to fame after they began to be seen together in Hollywood in early 2006. Kim also made many appearances on Paris’ first reality show, The Simple Life. In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Hilton stated, “After 20 seasons, I think they are ready to just live their life and not be on camera every second”. She continued with, “It makes me feel incredibly proud. I have known Kim since we were little girls, and the empires that she and her sisters and her mother have built is just amazing.”
Since the show aired on October 14th, 2007, the Kardashian-Jenners have become one of the most successful families in the world. There have been 12 spin-off series including Life of Kylie, Revenge Body with Khloe Kardashian, and Flip It Like Disick. The family hasn’t just been in front of the camera, though. They have also created and launched many of their own multi-million dollar companies including Kylie Cosmetics, Good American by Khloe Kardashian, and Skims by Kim Kardashian West.
Although it is time to say goodbye to Keeping Up With The Kardashian’s, the family’s presence on social media will remain the same.