‘Keeping Up with the Kardashians’ to end after 14 years
Published: 11:44 AM, 9 September 2020
From left to right: Khloe, Lamar Odom, Kris, Kendall, Kourtney, Kanye, Kim, Caitlin and Kylie. Photo: Collected
The long-running American television reality show about Kim Kardashian and her family is ending in 2021 after 14 years.
“It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to Keeping Up with the Kardashians. After what will be 14 years, 20 seasons, hundreds of episodes and several spin-off shows, we’ve decided as a family to end this very special journey,” Kim Kardashian West said in a statement posted on Twitter.
Meanwhile, the E! network and the Kardashian family said that “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” which helped make Kim Kardashian and her siblings Kylie, Kendall, Khloe and Kourtney household names and launched their careers in the fashion and beauty business, will air its last season early next year.
They gave no reasons for the decision, but E! said in a statement that it respected “the family’s decision to live their lives without our cameras.”
“Keeping Up with the Kardashians”s audiences have declined in recent years to under 1 million from about 4 million at the height of the show’s fame. E! is part of NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp (CMCSA.O).
Kim Kardashians's half-sister Kendall Jenner and Kylie Jenner were children when the show first began in 2007, but became stars in their own right, and are now - at the ages of 24 and 23 - among the world's most influential people. Kylie Jenner in 2019 was named by Forbes magazine as the youngest self-made billionaire of all time thanks to her hugely popular cosmetics business.
“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 said in a posting to her 188 million Instagram followers.
Kim Kardashian, 39, has since become one of the world's most celebrated women, with hundreds of millions of social media followers and a thriving beauty business. She married rapper Kanye West in 2014, with whom she has three children and a reputed joint net worth of more than a billion dollars. She recently spoke about her husband's mental health issues following a series of erratic statements from him as he began a run for the US presidency. - BBC, Reuters