Earlier this week, Kim Kardashian made the shocking announcement that “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” is ending.
Kardashian wrote on Instagram, “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.”
Kim added a heartfelt thank you to fans, executive producer Ryan Seacrest, and many others. She noted, “Our last season will air early next year in 2021.”
What led to the ending of the show? TMZ reports that Kim’s family was getting more exposure on social media and their personal businesses than on television.
Since many have cut the cord on cable TV, the family isn’t able to plug themselves as much as social media would allow.
While rumors are swirling that the family pulled the plug on the show over money, a source claimed that it was just time for them to move on and go after other opportunities.
The insider insisted that there was no specific person or incident that caused the show to end.
According to the source, the Kardashian/Jenner clan is planning to keep a low profile for some time before deciding what to do with their family empire.
Kim’s momager Kris Jenner explained the decision, telling Ryan Seacrest on his radio show Wednesday, “I think the number 20, well, it used to sound good until 2020, but the number 20, it just seemed like the right time."
Jenner admitted, “It's funny, when we talked yesterday, I kinda had my wits about me and I thought I was really strong. And, you know, 'This is the right decision.' Today I wake up and I was thinking about the first time you and I ever did an interview on the air, and I was so excited and so nervous."
Kris noted that she is embracing the chance to “take a minute and breathe and [for] everybody [to] slow down a bit. Not slow down professionally, but... figure out what our next steps are."
As for who was having the most difficult time with the news, she revealed, “Khloé… is probably the one who is taking it the hardest and really hasn't stopped crying since we announced."