Kim Kardashian has announced that her iconic family’s reality show, Keeping Up With The Kardashians will be ending in 2021 after airing for 14 years.
KUWTK, which helped Kim and her siblings Kourtney, Khloe, Kylie and Kendall become household names and launched their careers in the fashion and beauty business, will air its last season (season 20) early next year.
Throughout the years the show chronicled both personal and professional lives of the Californian family including key events like Kim Kardashian’s marriages to Kris Humphries and West, an armed robbery in Paris, the break-up of Khloe Kardashian‘s marriage to basketball player Lamar Odom, and the transition of family patriarch Bruce Jenner to Caitlyn Jenner and many others.
In an Instagram message posted on Tuesday, September 8, Kim wrote;
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.
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 documenting our lives. Our last season will air early next year in 2021.
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. With Love and Gratitude, Kim.
The other Kardashian-Jenner sisters also made the announcement via their respective Instagram handles and so did their manager and their mother, Kris Jenner.
There was no reasons given for the decision but E!, the cable TV channel that airs the show, said in a statement that it respects ‘the family’s decision to live their lives without our cameras’.
In recent years numerous siblings, most recently Kourtney, have been reluctant to film the show. Kim has also endured a turbulent year with her husband Kanye West’s mental health battle and controversial presidential run putting unprecedented strain on her marriage.
While the show has undoubtedly had an extraordinary run, its more recent series have suffered poor ratings.
At its peak, KUWTK earned E! its most-watched day ever, when 10.5 million viewers tuned in to watch Kim‘s ill-fated wedding to Kris Humphries – the episode, Kim’s Fairytale Wedding: A Kardashian Event – Part 2, aired in 2011.
However, in April this year, it was reported that viewership had sunk to 871,000 viewers, making that episode the 4th lowest rated episode ever, which may likely be one of the reasons for the show is coming to an end.
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