Big end of an era energy! Kim Kardashian today (September 8, 2020) on social media announced the end of E!’s “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” franchise. The reality series will return for season 19 on September 17th followed in 2021 by season 20, which will be the final series.
Kim Kardashian announced the news with a promotion poster from the show’s first season in 2007 when the family’s matriarch, Kris Jenner, was still married to the then Bruce Jenner, who is now Caitlyn Jenner. At the time, Kendall Jenner was 12 years old and Kylie Jenner was just 10.
In a note, the star of the franchise wrote, “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 watched us for all 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.”
What started out as a reality series about a mildly famous famous turned into a powerhouse franchise, which helped launch multiple careers and businesses.
Notably, the platform was a key engine behind the launch of Kim Kardashian’s KKW Beauty, KKW Fragrance and SKIMS, Kylie Jenner’s Kylie Cosmetics, Kylie Skin and Khloé Kardashian‘s Good American jeans.
From the start, the series was rooted in celebration of family as mixed like a Molotov cocktail with conflicts and controversy.
While largely panned by critics, the show has boasted healthy rating throughout its existence. In its 18th season, Variety cited “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” as one of the 100 most-watched TV shows.