It’s time to do a post mortem on the Kardashians. OK, simmer down. I just meant it’s time to discuss what was behind the cancellation of Keeping Up With the Kardashians after 20 seasons. Unfortunately, it’s not because the world has turned sour on the exploits of America’s preeminent family of grifters (basic cable edition). According to TMZ, The Koven feat Kris Jenner basically told E! “Thanks, we’ve got it from here” after deciding their various social media outlets are a sufficient platform for hawking their sundry business ventures. So they’re taking old KUWTK out back, shooting it in the head and shipping the carcass off to the glue factory. Check the label on Kylie Jenner’s new line of lip kits very carefully, it’s definitely NOT vegan.
Assuring us that the Koven didn’t cancel their show because they didn’t want to have to explain their increasingly abhorrent life choices on camera, TMZ reports that “the primary reason it’s ending is all about extending the family empire.”
Sources with direct knowledge tell TMZ … there are a number of reasons Kim, Kris and co. decided to close this chapter of their lives, but a major one had to do with the Kardashian brand getting way more play on social media outlets and through their personal businesses than on TV..
Fact is, the Kardashians used their series as a platform to plug themselves, their products, their businesses and anything else they saw fit to help them grow. But, as time went on and more people ditched cable TV … the appeal of staying on the airwaves diminished.
However, Page Six adds that the decision also had to do with Kim not knowing how to frame her husband Kanye West’s ongoing battle with unchecked narcissistic egomania that might pose an actual threat to our democracy.
Insiders said Kim Kardashian already had reservations about exposing West’s bipolar battle to the viewing public. And she’s recently begged the “media and public to have compassion and empathy” during his latest bouts — so teeing up storylines around the illness would’ve rung as hypocritical. And leaving West out of the show — as they could have done as the show’s executive producers — would have left fans feeling cheated.
Page Six also says that in the face of a COVID fueled financial downturn, E! was unable to “dangle ever-larger checks to bring them back” as they had in the past.
As Page Six first reported, in 2017 the family renewed its contract with E! through 2020 for $100 million, and we’re told that they wanted more to re-up, in spite of the battered economy.
At the same time, the show — which scored a high of 5.8 million viewers for a season premiere in 2010 — brought in just 1.6 million viewers for its most recent episode — perhaps reducing the network’s motivation to spend more hard-to-come-by cash.
Cosmopolitan adds that Kim and Kylie already each had one kloven hoof out the door anyway, and that Khloé Kardashian and Scott Disick are the only ones reportedly “bummed the show is ending.”
“The only people who are upset are Khloé, and Scott Disick. Khloé’s tried to launch several spinoff shows—but none of them have been as successful as KUWTK. And who knows how Scott will make money now the show is being canceled—he loves flying in private jets and being treated like an A-list star. I can’t see him flying commercial or paying his own way.”
Everybody, please, pray for this man. His hands are so very soft.