After twenty seasons, the popular reality TV series Keeping Up with the Kardashians is finally coming to a close with plans to air the final episodes in 2021. Since 2007, the long-running series had been a mainstay on television, ushering in what would become known as the era of reality television. While the show remains very popular with viewers, the decision to end it comes straight from the Kardashian-Jenner family, perhaps feeling that after fourteen years and twenty seasons, Keeping Up with the Kardashians had simply run its course and was in no danger of getting canceled by E!.
"It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to Keeping Up with the Kardashians," reads an official joint statement from the family, signed by Kris Jenner, Kourtney Kardashian, Kim Kardashian West, Khloé Kardashian, Rob Kardashian, Kendall Jenner, Kylie Jenner, and Scott Disick. "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. 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."
Meanwhile, the E! network has also released an official statement to acknowledge the demise of their flagship series. The statement reads, "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."
Who knew Keeping Up with the Kardashians would become such a big hit when it first premiered in 2007? The series is far from the only reality show of its type, but there was just something about the Kardashian-Jenner family that had viewers across the world hooked. While the show has certainly not gone without its criticism, many viewers have described it as a "guilty pleasure," a series they went into thinking they'd hate it and ended up getting addicted. Everyone in the family has also undeniably brought in boatloads of cash as a result of starring on the show for so many years, but after a certain point, even the most extroverted celebrities might get tired of camera crews following them around at home around the clock.
For her part, Kim Kardashian West posted another message on her personal social media thanking the network and the show's fans for making her the television star that she is today. "Without Keeping Up with the Kardashians, I wouldn't be where I am today," her message says. "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."
This news comes to us from Variety.