Keeping Up with the Kardashians, the TV reality show that launched the careers of Kim Kardashian and Kendall and Kylie Jenner in 2007, is to end.
“It is with heavy hearts that we’ve made the difficult decision as a family to say goodbye to Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” the family said.
“After what will be 14 years, 20 seasons, hundreds of episodes and numerous spin-off shows, we are beyond grateful to all of you who’ve watched us for all of these years – through the good times, the bad times, the happiness, the tears, and the many relationships and children. We’ll forever cherish the wonderful memories and countless people we’ve met along the way.
“Thank you to the thousands of individuals and businesses that have been a part of this experience and most importantly, a very special thank you to Ryan Seacrest for believing in us, E! for being our partner, and our production team at Bunim/Murray who’ve spent countless hours filming our lives.”
The announcement was signed by Kris Jenner, Kourtney Kardashian, Kim Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian, Rob Kardashian, Kendall Jenner, Kylie Jenner and Scott Disick.
Exclusive: The Kardashian-Jenners announced season 20 will mark the final season of #KUWTK: “We’ve decided as a family to end this very special journey.” https://t.co/6WAMFg5wXk pic.twitter.com/E0FAQOrDCy
— E! News (@enews) September 8, 2020
Keeping Up with the Kardashians spawned 12 spin-off series on E! including Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami, Kourtney and Kim Take New York, Kourtney and Kim Take Miami, Kourtney and Khloe Take the Hamptons, Khloe and Lamar, Sex with Brody, I Am Cait, DASH Dolls, Life of Kylie, Rob & Chyna, Revenge Body with Khloe Kardashian and Flip It Like Disick.
Kim Kardashian, worth US$900 million according to Forbes, was known as Paris Hilton’s assistant before she entered reality TV with occasional cameos on The Simple Life.
“Without Keeping Up with The Kardashians, I wouldn’t be where I am today. I am so incredibly grateful to everyone who has watched and supported me and my family these past 14 incredible years. This show made us who we are and I will be forever in debt to everyone who played a role in shaping our careers and changing our lives forever,” Kim Kardashian wrote.
The matriarch (and the siblings’ business manager) Kris Jenner capitalised on Keeping Up with The Kardashians to maximise the modelling careers of sisters Kylie and Kendall Jenner. Youngest sibling Kylie was named a billionaire by Forbes in early 2019 thanks to her successful Kylie Cosmetics line. In 2017, second-youngest child Kendall was named by Forbes as the highest-paid supermodel in the world paid an estimated US$22 million.
Keeping Up with The Kardashians also documented the transition of Kris Jenner’s ex spouse Bruce, Caitlyn Jenner.
The shock decision to ditch the reality show comes as Kim faces increasing scrutiny over her relationship with husband Kanye West.
The rapper and Yezzy owner is continuing his bizarre bid to run for President during the November US elections, and has recently slammed his wife and her family on social media, accusing Kim and mother Kylie Jenner of trying to “lock him up”. Kanye also tweeted that he had been “trying to get divorced” since Kim met up with rapper Meek Mill to discuss prison reform and referred to Kris Jenner as “Kris Jong-Un”.
After the series of shocking tweets, Kim released a statement in July in which she defended her husband and made mention of his bipolar disorder.
“Anyone who has this or has a loved one in their life who does, knows how incredibly complicated and painful it is to understand,” she wrote.
“I’ve never spoken publicly about how this has affected us at home because I am very protective of our children and Kanye’s right to privacy when it comes to his health.
“Those that understand mental illness or compulsive behaviour know that the family is powerless unless the member is a minor.
“People who are unaware or far removed from this experience can be judgmental and not understand that the individual themselves have to engage in the process of getting help no matter how hard the family try.”
An E! spokeswoman said: “E! has been the home and extended family to the Kardashian-Jenners for what will be 14 years, featuring the lives of this empowering family. Along with all of you, we have enjoyed following the intimate moments the family so bravely shared by letting us into their daily lives. 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. It is not our final goodbye yet, we are excited to have the new season of Keeping Up with the Kardashians launching on September 17 with the final season airing in 2021. We thank the entire extended family and our production partners, Bunim Murray and Ryan Seacrest Productions for embarking on this global phenomenon together.”