Kim Kardashian-West stunned the world by announcing that the long-running reality series “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” will air its final season in 2021.
The 39-year-old reality TV star shared the news across all her social media accounts and said that the show will be coming to an end after 20 seasons. The socialite posted a lengthy message on Twitter, explaining that the family has decided to “say goodbye” to the iconic show after nearly 14 years.
“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,” Kim wrote in her message.
The media personality then expressed gratitude toward everyone who has been a part of the series over the years. She also said a “special” thank you to Ryan Seacrest for believing in her and her family season after season.
“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,” Kim said in her message.
Kim concluded her statement by crediting the show for everything that she has achieved in her life and went on to say that she will be “forever in debt” to everyone who changed their (Kardashians and Jenners) “lives” since the show’s inception.
“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,” Kim wrote on Twitter.
Following Kim’s message, E! also released a statement saying that it has been a “privilege” for them to feature such an “empowering family” on its platform for 14 years. In a press release obtained by Variety, the network said that it will miss the Kardashian-Jenner clan “wholeheartedly.”
“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. 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,” Variety quoted the network, as saying.
The show, which premiered in 2007, took Kim, Khloe, Kourtney, Kylie, Kendall, Kris, Rob, and Scott Disick’s popularity to a whole new level and made them household names. During its run, the series was nominated for a Teen Choice Award in the Choice TV: Celebrity Reality Show category nine consecutive times between 2008 and 2016, winning the award in 2010, 2013, 2014, and 2016.