“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 bittersweet announcement made on Kim Kardashian West’s Instagram account yesterday signals the end of an era.
Arguably one of the most recognized families in the world, the Kardashian-Jenner clan have long been on the pop culture forefront--sometimes for good reason and sometimes for bad, but always with theatrical flair. In fact, it’s the drama that gives the hit show Keeping Up with The Kardashians its signature flavor, feeding the insatiable hunger of TV audiences for all things glamourous and gossip-y (Myself included.)
I remember when the show first appeared on the E! network. It was 2007. Kim was 26 at the time and managing a small boutique called “DASH” with her sisters, Khloe and Kourtney. Kylie Jenner, now a billionaire beauty tycoon, was just 10 years old and Kendall’s dreams of modeling was a glimmer.
Looking back, it’s dizzying to trace the twists and turns of the Kardashian family timeline. There have been heartbreaks, weddings, tears, fights and toddler birthday parties with enough pomp and circumstance to rival even the most elaborate of royal state visits.
‘Momager’ Kris Jenner, the matriarch of the family, is unsurprisingly the reason for the show’s birth back in 2006. The series first came to fruition under the guidance of Television Producer Ryan Seacrest. Calling the show one of his greatest “contributions,” Seacrest remained an executive producer throughout all 20 seasons of KUWTK. He also produced several spin-off shows--"Life of Kylie," "Kourtney and Kim Take Miami," "Khloe and Lamar," and "Kourtney and Kim Take New York." In Kim’s farewell message on Instagram, she sends out a “very special thank you,” to Seacrest, “for believing in us.”
No response from the American Idol host just yet, despite speculation on why the show has come to a sudden halt. It’s no secret the reality series had been losing ratings over the years, with the more recent episodes pulling under 1 million in viewership, a stark difference from the 2.5 million which tuned into the first episode 14 years ago.
Most recently Kim has been in the news when her husband, rapper and fashion designer, Kanye West made a U.S. presidential bid this summer. When West wrote a series of confusing tweets soon there after, the reality TV queen released a statement asking the public and the press for “compassion and empathy.” It’s not the first time the family has been put under a harsh spotlight during a difficult time, nor will it be the last.
Privacy isn’t a word in the K dynasty vocabulary but perhaps now it should be. One thing is for certain, the Kardashians aren’t going anywhere.The last season of Keeping Up with the Kardashians will air early next year in 2021.
Lead image courtesy of Instagram/kimkardashian