You won’t be able to keep up with the Kardashians on TV much longer, but fans will be able to keep up with Kim Kardashian‘s life as she is already talking with Netflix and other streaming services, OK! has exclusively learned.
“Kim is already in talks to do her own show without her family. She noticed the $150 million Prince Harry and Meghan [Markle] got paid by Netflix and she wants to be part of this club. Kim has always been the star of the ensemble show and could carry her own show without her family, no problem. Kim was just 27 years old when the show first started. She desperately wanted to be famous and didn’t pay attention to the paperwork and contract and deal — her mom, Kris Jenner, did all that. Now, Kim is her own woman and although her deal changed over the 14 years with her family show, it still wasn’t as good of a deal that she could get if she negotiated for herself,” sources tell OK!.
“KUWTK was a business deal that the family was all in together. Everything else they do — from fashion to beauty and sponsorship deals are all individually negotiated,” the insider adds. “E! was paying the family $30 million a season, which Kris then carved between herself, Kim, Khloé, Kourtney, Kendall, Kylie and even Bruce (at the time) and Rob. Now Kim can get her own deal and make an eighth of what E! was paying the family and still take home more.”
“Kim is telling everyone she feels like Justin Timberlake after he ditched the guys in NSYNC!,” adds a pal. “Kim is much more popular than Harry and Meghan and has a decade more experience than the royals. She is looking for a deal where she stars, produces, and creates shows, and she wants more than the $150 million those amateurs got!”
On September 8, the 39-year-old KKW Beauty founder announced the shocking news on social media. “It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to Keeping Up With the Kardashians,” she began. “After what will be 14 years, 20 seasons, hundreds of episodes and several spin-off shows, 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. We’ll forever cherish the wonderful memories and countless people we’ve met along the way.”
For her part, Kris, 64, got emotional when speaking about the famous reality show. “After what will be 14 years, 20 seasons, hundreds of episodes and several spin-off shows, we’ve decided as a family to end this very special journey,” the statement said. “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.”
Although the news was shocking for longtime fans of the E! hit series, OK! exclusively reported that the network didn’t want to keep paying the family anymore more money to keep them around for the next five years.
“The last deal Kris signed was in 2017 giving her and the family $30 million per season. That deal has expired, and greedy Kris wanted at least $40 million per season to continue even though ratings have been declining dramatically,” a source told OK!.
“The negotiations were going nowhere. E! was interested in keeping the show on the air, but there was no way the network could continue paying the family the same amount of money for almost half as many viewers. In the end it was better for everyone to say goodbye,” the insider adds. “Although Kris isn’t giving up just yet, she is busy on the phone shopping the show around to other networks … but not at a discounted price.”
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