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Kardashians have killed Keeping Up with the Kardashians

Kardashians have killed Keeping Up with the Kardashians
Keeping Up with the Kardashians main cast, in an image used for season 16. (Photo by E! Entertainment)

Keeping Up with the Kardashians season 20 will be the final season of the long-running reality show. The family had a three-year deal with E! that ends next year and was worth “below $100 million,” according to Variety.

The show was the brainchild of American Idol host Ryan Seacrest, and produced by The Real World creators Bunim-Murray Productions, and premiered in the fall of 2007. It premiered in the fall of 2007, and spawned at least nine spin-off shows, including I Am Cait and Rob & Chyna, and some of the spin-offs even had their own spin-offs (Kourtney and Khloé Take Miami became Kourtney and Kim Take Miami and spawned Lord Disick: Lifestyles of a Lord) .

The show has featured, in varying degrees, Kim, Kourtney, Khloé, Kendall, Kylie, and Kris, plus people without Ks in their first name, including Caitlyn Jenner and Rob Kardashian, never mind boyfriends, husbands, and partners including Kanye West and Scott Disick. It’s been successfully used as a platform that’s made them bigger celebrities and allowed them to sell more stuff.

Today, Kim announced the end of the flagship show on social media, writing this:

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,

In April, when the first half of season 18 ended, the show was the seventh most-popular show on cable, with 810,000 viewers, and better 18-49 ratings than Flipping 101 with Tarek El Moussa and Top Chef: All Stars LA.

E! ‘will miss them wholeheartedly’

Kim Kardashian West and Kris Jenner at the 2019 E! People's Choice Awards on November 10, 2019. Their E! show won the People's Choice Award for reality TV show.
Kim Kardashian West and Kris Jenner at the 2019 E! People’s Choice Awards on November 10, 2019. Their E! show won the People’s Choice Award for reality TV show. (Photo by Christopher Polk/E! Entertainment)

Later this month, when the second half of season 18 of Keeping Up with the Kardashians premieres, it’ll be followed by a new series, The Bradshaw Bunch. E! also airs Botched.

But beyond that, the network basically has nothing any more, and is becoming a hollowed-out shell like so many other cable networks. Last month, E! even cancelled E! News, meaning there will be no more “journalism” like this.

Regarding the end of KUWTK, the network said this in a statement sent to Variety:

“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.”

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