After 14 years of drama, laughs, and moments that framed pop culture in the 2000s, Keeping Up With the Kardashians is finally closing its doors. The reality TV series, which showcased all the ups and downs of the Kardashian-Jenner family, announced on Tuesday that its final season would premiere this month. As expected, fans reacted with shock and disbelief that America’s favorite reality TV family would no longer welcome us into their Calabasas life—at least on E! Others made assumptions about what momager, Kris Jenner, is planning next for the family of eight.
Kris is popularly known for calling the shots and landing business deals for her daughters, so the internet isn’t swayed by the decision to end the show. Several social media users seem to agree that Kris could be taking a break from family collaborations and gearing up for her own spot on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Some believe she’s negotiating individual shows for each family member. Others have joked that the Kardashian and Jenner grandchildren will keep the original series running.
The show, which first aired in 2006, has seen immense expansion to its cast since its initial debut. Kim is now married to Kanye West, with four children; Khloé has a daughter; Rob also has a daughter; and Kourtney and Scott Disick divorced after having three children together. In 2018, Kylie also welcomed her daughter, Stormi, with Travis Scott, expanding the immediate family to 18 members. With those new additions came separate lives and independent homes, resulting in less collaborative screen-time over the years.
In addition to building their own families, the Kardashians have pioneered their own careers outside of reality TV. Kylie founded Kylie Cosmetics, her beauty line that racked in over $400 million in revenue after 18 months of launching. Kendall became the highest-paid model in the world, in 2018. Kim’s shapewear brand, Skims, rose to the top of the undergarment industry almost instantly after launch. With such pivoting career movies, it comes as no surprise that the Kardashian-Jenner clan is focusing their time elsewhere, but fans figure there is still room in television for their favorite personalities. Or at least some larger business initiative.
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