“It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to ‘Keeping Up With the Kardashians,’ ” the network said in a statement in conjunction with Kris Jenner, the Kardashian siblings (Kim, Kourtney, Khloe and Rob), the Jenner sisters (Kylie and Kendall), and, naturally, Scott Disick. “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.”
To make it clear that the stars were pulling the plug and not the other way around, the network added, “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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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
No matter how much the Kardashians are regularly skewered across the Internet, there’s no question that the show changed pop culture forever: It launched everyone in the family to fame in various ways, for better or worse. In the early 2000s, the name Kardashian was mostly still associated with Robert Kardashian, O.J. Simpson’s lawyer. But that all quickly changed when Kris Jenner had a meeting with “American Idol” host and fledgling reality TV producer Ryan Seacrest, as they had a feeling that the blended brood (sort of a modern day, much wealthier “Brady Bunch”) could capture viewers’ attention.
They were correct: In the early days, ratings were through the roof and the sisters became influencers before “influencers” was an actual term. Viewers watched as they had multiple babies, got married and divorced, faced family members’ addiction problems and dealt with traumatic deaths. The show overlapped with nearly every other area of culture, from music (thanks to Kim’s marriage to Kanye West) to sports (thanks to the sisters’ many relationships with athletes). It resulted in a dozen spin-offs, set in Miami, the Hamptons and New York City, in addition to the groundbreaking “I Am Cait,” the docuseries starring Caitlyn Jenner shortly after she came out as transgender.
But it’s no big surprise the family wants to move on. Not only have ratings taken a dive, but it has become increasingly difficult to promise drama on TV when fans have seen it all play out on the family’s social media accounts (and in tabloids) months before the show airs. Plus, real-life situations — such as West running for president — frequently overshadow the actual series.
Season 19 will kick off Sept. 17, E! said in its statement, and a 20th and final season will air in the beginning of next year.