Believe it or not, what seemed like a show that would never end is now actually coming to an end in 2021. After 20 seasons of drama, romance, success, and of course, more drama, the “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” reality TV show will air its final episode next year.
We’ve seen the Kardashian-Jenner family go through multiple marriages, surgeries, business endeavours, heartbreaks, pranks, laughs, holidays, fights, and even watched them become parents and grand parents to what seems like a gazillion babies. After all this, it’s time for us to soon bid adieu to the famous family.
Kim Kardashian West, an icon who gained immense stardom due to the reality TV show, shared a statement, along with one of the very first posters created for the show, on her Instagram account this morning (Wednesday, 9th September). The businesswoman and TV personality’s long and heartfelt message expressed her love and gratitude for all those who supported the hit series throughout all these years.
Her Instagram caption, which addressed the ending of a KUWTK era, read:
“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.”
The beauty guru then also went on to thank the battalion of diligent individuals who were behind the great success of the reality TV show: “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.”
The star closes her statement by addressing how the show made her who she is today and brought her to where she is in her career. The wife of Kanye West wrote, “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.”
The touching message signs off with a sincere “With Love and Gratitude, Kim.”
Khloe Kardashian and Kendall Jenner responded to Kim’s post by commenting with broken heart emojis. Khloe also reposted Kim’s statement on her Instagram account with a caption that says she’s too emotional to fully express herself right now.
The fitness model left a simple caption on her post instead, which read, “I am so grateful and thankful to everyone who has supported us and been there through it all. I’m too emotional to fully express myself at the moment. My sappy post will come soon. Change is hard but also needed at times ❤️💔❤️💔 I love you all. Thank you for the memories!”
Meanwhile, the eldest sister from the Kardashian trio, Kourtney, left a message on her Instagram story stating that she still needed time to “gather thoughts” before speaking out about the finale of KUWTK.
The E! News Network also released a statement which 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.”
The network stated that there is still a little more time left for the family to say their final goodbyes to reality TV. Season 19 of KUWTK will soon be aired on 17th September of this year, while season 20, the final season, will only premiere next year.
Some of us pretty much grew up with this show and others escaped their own adult life drama by diving into the Kardashian-Jenner family’s drama instead. So, to no longer have this show in our lives after 14 long years is honestly going to take a little bit of getting used to. But, it seems that after more than a decade of having cameras constantly stuffed in their faces, the KUWTK cast now wants their privacy and we don’t blame them.
The family still hasn’t expressed exactly why they want to end their show after so many years or what they aim to do in the future. Regardless of what drama they plan to stir up next, we extend our best wishes to them and hope the family can last the next decade without losing another US$75,000 pair of earrings ;)