After 14 years, The Kardashians are ending their reality show. The show has been extremely successful and many of the fans are outraged and mourning. Others feel this is good news. How do you feel about it?
After 14 years and 20 seasons, fans will no longer be able to keep up with the Kardashians as Kim announced the family’s reality TV show would end after 2021.
While some people are disheartened by the news, others question how it went on for so long, comments on social media suggest. Looking through social media feeds reveals people are either pleased with the announcement, or devastated — there isn’t a whole lot of in-between.
Some expressed grief for not only the end of the show, but the end of the memes that were generated as a result.
One fan of the show was beside himself, saying “I’m heartbroken but thank you so much for letting us keep up with you! What are we going to do now! Wait for [N]orth and the kids to be old enough.
The family is not the first to have a reality show but no one before or since has managed to make the most of one quite as they have—and not only in the form of a dozen spin-offs that have aired at one point or another on E! since Keeping Up With the Kardashians premiered in 2007.
Rather, their name has become more, even, than a billion-dollar brand. It’s a pop culture touchstone, a word that conjures up all at once luxury and extravagance, style and sex appeal, followers and fashion, family and fierce loyalty. Their name has become synonymous with fame, and mention of the Kardashians is never far off when the conversation turns to what being a celebrity is all about in this day and age.
News that their flagship show will be ending in 2021 after 20 seasons truly marks the end of an era, countless people having followed Kim, Khloe, Kourtney, Kylie, Kendall, momager™ Kris Jenner and their associated loved ones through everything you can think of, from the momentousness of childbirth to the mundanity of a fro-yo run.
All the while, they knew that to stay fresh, you’ve got to be able to evolve—and the Kards were busy doing that, too.
For starters, no one has harnessed social media and bent it to their will quite like the Kardashian and Jenner sisters. Though surely there’s some overlap among fans, Kourtney, Kim, Khloe, Kendall and Kylie have a combined 697.8 million Instagram followers, mainly women of all ages who want to see pictures of their kids; what they’re wearing; what they’re promoting; and what they have to say about pretty much anything at all.
Haters abound—often to their detriment if any one of the ladies is in the mood to clap back. At this point, it doesn’t matter how the Kardashians got to where they are, or which particular moment took them from famous to phenomenon. They’re there, on the mountaintop, making the most of what they’ve got.
As Kim Kardashian put it simply to Business of Fashion in 2018, “My career came about at a time when social media was just starting and I took advantage of it and I figured out how to use it to my benefit.”
That she did, putting her accounts to work, first to promote Keeping Up—back when she thought doing a TV show might be a nice way to promote DASH, the clothing boutique she ran with Kourtney and Khloe.
Next she was hawking various products that brands sent her way; and these days it’s the signature brands that the empire that landed her on the cover of Forbes in 2016 has expanded to include, such as KKW Beauty and her Skims shapewear line.
When it comes to social-media influencing, which countless people are attempting to do these days to varying degrees of success, the Kardashian-Jenner sisters are among the original real deals. Over the course of a decade they went from singing the praises of QuickTrim to selling hundreds of millions of dollars worth of their own makeup, skin care, jeans, lifestyle tips and more, and triggering a 6 percent plunge in the stock price of Snapchat—as Kylie Jenner inadvertently did in 2018 when she tweeted about not liking the platform’s latest changes.
Kylie, who was 10 when Keeping Up With the Kardashians premiered, now has the most Instagram followers of anyone in her family with 195 million and keeps adding to the total daily, not least because she too is a mom now, and one of the most unequivocally popular plot lines in the Kardashian family saga—ever since Kourtney and Scott Disick welcomed son Mason in 2009—has been the arrival of all of the siblings’ absurdly adorable children.
But, as Kylie said in 2017, not long before she firmly decided not to share her pregnancy journey the way she had shared so much of her life to date with the world, plenty of stress comes with the job of being synonymous with the very concept of public life.
“There’s an image that I feel constantly pressured to keep up with,” she shared in her own E! spin-off, Life of Kylie, which premiered that summer. “In order to stay relevant for the public, I have to be on Instagram and I have to be on Snapchat just keeping people entertained. And then there’s who I really am around my friends. That’s who I want you guys to get to know.”
Family time is still spent in front of the cameras (even during quarantine) and their lives transformed while everyone was watching. In doing so, they did nothing less than rewrite the nuclear-family codes, showing that a house full of love comes in all shapes and sizes and can expand and contract accordingly so long that at the end of the day it’s all about what’s best for their children—the new center of the Kardashian-Jenner universe. But ultimately, “I believe that people should be themselves,” she said, frankly. That may sound like obvious advice, but it’s a motto that built an empire.
Thanks for letting us in your world all these years. Cant wait to see whats next for the family.