Who are we keeping up with now? After more than a decade, “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” will end its run next year.
“It is with great regret that we bid farewell” to the reality show, Kim Kardashian West and other members of the Kardashian-Jenner family said in a statement Tuesday.
“We have decided as a family to end this special trip,” said his statement on social media, without further explanation about the move.
The series became a pop culture sensation and spawned a new breed of fame born from reality TV. It was also the launching pad for the fashion and beauty business empires of various family members and led to the surprising reinvention of Kardashian West as an advocate for social justice and aspiring lawyer.
“We are beyond grateful to all of you who have watched us through all these years, through the good times, the bad times, the happiness, the tears, and the many relationships and children,” the family said.
In addition to Kardashian West, other names attached to the statement were Kris, Kendall, and Kylie Jenner; Kourtney, Khloe and Rob Kardashian and Scott Disick.
The announcement comes as Kanye West pursues an independent run for the United States presidency, depicting what he said is the birthday party. Kardashian West’s husband has faced questions about his emotional state after a rocky campaign kickoff event in South Carolina.
The home of the show, the E! Network said it’s a belated goodbye. The new season begins on September 17 and the final season will air in 2021.
The series, which premiered in October 2007, spawned 12 spin-offs, including “Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami” and “Revenge Body with Khloe Kardashian.”
At the start of the show, the Kardashian name was familiar to few. Some young people knew Kim Kardashian as the partner of the hotel heiress Paris Hilton, who had been in some episodes of the Hilton program “The Simple Life”, and in a home sex video that was widely circulated and gave a boost to her growing fame.
Older people remembered Robert Kardashian, Kim’s father who died in 2003, as O.J. Simpson’s friend and lawyer who acted as his spokesperson after the murder of Simpson’s wife.
In 2006, the family matriarch, Kris Jenner, began buying into the idea of an unscripted show about her family, at a time when “The Osbournes” with a similar theme was enjoying great popularity.
Ryan Seacrest and his production company were interested and were sold on the idea after sending a camera crew to capture a Kardashian family barbecue.
The show was an immediate hit and the last name became synonymous with reality celebrities, famous for being famous, whom the public loved, hated, or loved to hate.
The initial focus of the show was on Kris Kardashian and her daughters, Kim, Kourtney, and Khloé, their relationships, and their business exploits. The daughters’ loved ones, including Disick, Lamar Odom and Reggie Bush, showed up.
In later seasons, stepsisters Kendall and Kylie Jenner assumed more prominent roles and achieved the same kind of fame as the Kardashian women.
Kendall and Kylie’s Olympian father Bruce Jenner also became a star of the series, especially around the time of transitioning to becoming Caitlyn Jenner, a moment that brought transgender issues to the forefront of American entertainment. like never before.
Caitlyn Jenner would appear in an unofficial spin-off, “I Am Cait.”