LOS ANGELES (AP) – Who do we keep up with now? After more than a decade, Keeping Up With the Kardashians will be ending its run next year.
“It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye” to the reality show, Kim Kardashian West and other members of the extended Kardashian-Jenner family said in a statement on Tuesday.
“We’ve decided as a family to end this very special journey,” said their social media statement, without further explanation about the move.
The series became a pop culture sensation and gave rise to a new kind of fame born of reality TV. It also was the launch pad for several family members’ fashion and beauty business empires and led to Kardashian West’s surprising reinvention as a social justice crusader and aspiring lawyer.
“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,” the family said.
Besides Kardashian West, others names attached to the statement were Kris, Kendall and Kylie Jenner; Kourtney, Khloe and Rob Kardashian, and Scott Disick.
The announcement comes as Kanye West pursues an independent run for the United States (US) presidency, representing what he said is the Birthday Party. Kardashian West’s husband has faced questions about his emotional state after a rocky campaign kickoff event in South Carolina.
The show’s home, the E! network, said it’s a delayed farewell. The new season begins September 17, with the final season to air in 2021.
The series, which debuted in October 2007, begat 12 spin-offs, including Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami and Revenge Body with Khloe Kardashian.