After more than a decade on television screens, Keeping Up With the Kardashians will be ending its run next year.
It was going strong for 19 seasons, but the 20th season will be its last.
Family announce news on Instagram
With many of the reality TV show’s fans following the family on social media, the Kardashian-Jenner family chose to break the news on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
“It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye,” Kim Kardashian West said.
“We’ve decided as a family to end this very special journey.
“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.
Kardashian West was joined by Kris, Kendall and Kylie Jenner, Kourtney, Khloe and Rob Kardashian, and Scott Disick in signing the statement.
Why is it ending? Was it … kancelled?
The family didn’t say.
But the show’s home, the E! network, said in a statement it respected “the family’s decision to live their lives without our cameras”.
Audience numbers have declined in recent years to fewer than 1 million. At the height of the show’s popularity, it was reaching about 4 million.
The series, which debuted in October 2007, sparked 12 spin-off series, including Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami and Revenge Body with Khloe Kardashian.
In 2006, matriarch and “momager” Kris Jenner started shopping the idea of an unscripted show about her family, back when The Osbournes, which had a similar concept to the series, was popular.
Ryan Seacrest and his production company were interested and, after sending a camera crew to capture a Kardashian family barbecue, picked up the show.
The show’s early focus was on Kris Kardashian and her daughters, Kim, Kourtney and Khloe, their relationships and their business exploits.
The daughters’ partners, including Disick, Lamar Odom and Reggie Bush, were featured.
In subsequent seasons, half-sisters Kendall and Kylie Jenner took on more prominent roles.
Kendall and Kylie’s other parent was also a key part of the show. Her transition to become Caitlyn Jenner broke new ground and putting transgender issues in the public sphere.
She went on to appear in an unofficial spin-off, I Am Cait.
Family members have been losing interest
Earlier this year, Kourtney Kardashian made it clear she no longer wanted to be a key member of the series.
“I have been filming the show non-stop for 14 years,” she told Vogue Arabia in July.
“I was feeling unfulfilled and it became a toxic environment for me to continue to have it occupy as much of my life as it was.
“Privacy is something I have come to value and finding that balance of private moments with being on a reality show is hard.”
The only Kardashian brother, Rob, has also had breaks from the show.
He used to be a regular, however his appearances have become rarer since about season seven, with entertainment website IMDB citing him as only appearing in 94 of more than 200 episodes.
It was reported Rob Kardashian quit as a full-time cast member in season 14 and 15. He appeared in just two episodes in 2018 and no episodes in 2019.
“He has his moods,” Kim Kardashian-West explained in an interview with Andy Cohen in 2019.
“Sometimes he’s like, ‘Look, I didn’t sign up for this,’ and sometimes he’s like, ‘I’m cool to do it.'”
When is the last season?
The final season will air in 2021.
However the second-last season will air in the US on September 17.
Where can I keep up with the Kardashians now?
Even though the show is coming to the end, it’s safe to say we’ll still see a lot of the Kardashian-Jenner family on social media.
Kim, Khloe, Kourtney, Kris, Kendall and Kylie all have Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts.
And all except Kardashian West have YouTube channels where you can watch content such as Kourtney Kardashian’s six-step tutorial on how to eat a KitKat or Kylie Jenner “realising stuff”.
Khloe Kardashian has Instagram and Twitter accounts and in on Facebook under the username @KhloeKardashian. She also has a YouTube channel called Khloe Kardashian.
Kourtney Kardashian also has her lifestyle website Poosh, which features occasional guest cameos by members of the family.
ABC with wires