LOS ANGELES — Alas, reality TV juggernaut “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” will end before fans can see Kim Kardashian’s law school graduation, Kanye West’s next prospective presidential run and/or the birth or marriage of another Kardashian-Jenner.
Star-turned-beauty mogul Kardashian announced Tuesday that her family’s long-running E! reality series will air its final season in early 2021.
“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 wrote to fans on Instagram. Similar statements were posted on momager Kris Jenner’s account, as well as those of her sisters Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian, and model Kendall Jenner.
“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.”
The Ryan Seacrest-produced docu-series debuted on E! in 2006 and launched Kardashian — a former sex-tape star and pal to socialite Paris Hilton — to superstardom. The series revolved around her, along with Jenner’s other children with former O.J. Simpson defense attorney Robert Kardashian. It also included Jenner’s stepchildren and daughters with Caitlyn Jenner, who appeared on the series before and after her transition.
As their fame ballooned with spinoffs and side projects, the sisters became entrepreneurs, influencers, fashion designers and beauty moguls — and served up plenty of fodder for gossip columns.
“Without Keeping Up With the Kardashians, I wouldn’t be where I am today,” Kardashian added. “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.”
Khloe Kardashian added: “I’m too emotional to fully express myself at the moment. My sappy post will come soon. Change is hard but also needed at times ... I love you all. Thank you for the memories!”
The series’ spinoffs included “Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami,” “Kourtney and Kim Take New York,” “Khloe and Lamar,” “Rob and Chyna” and “I Am Cait.”