Kim Kardashian West has announced her family’s long-running reality TV show will end after a final season next year.
Keeping Up With the Kardashians premiered in 2007 and became a pop culture sensation. It gave rise to a new kind of fame born of reality TV and was the launch pad for several family members’ fashion and beauty business empires.
The show will come to an end after its 20th season in early 2021, Kardashian West said on Instagram on Tuesday. “It is with heavy hearts that we’ve made the difficult decision as a family to say goodbye to Keeping Up With the Kardashians,” she said.
“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.”
Kardashian West thanked the E! network, which aired the show, as well as the executive producer Ryan Seacrest.
At the show’s start, the name Kardashian was familiar to few. The show initially focused on Kris Kardashian and her daughters, Kim, Kourtney and Khloé, their relationships and their business exploits.
In subsequent seasons, half-sisters Kendall and Kylie Jenner took on more prominent roles and achieved the same kind of fame as the Kardashian women.
Kendall and Kylie’s Olympian father Bruce Jenner also became a series star, especially at the time of transitioning to become Caitlyn Jenner, a moment that brought transgender issues to the forefront of American entertainment as never before.
Over the years, the family leveraged its fame to amass a fortune, with several Kardashians owning large beauty and cosmetic businesses.
Responding to news that Keeping Up With The Kardashians was finishing, Khloé, 36, said: “I am so grateful and thankful to everyone who has supported us and been there through it all.”