The end of an era! As the Keeping Up With The Kardashians stars gear up to say farewell to their iconic television show, Kim Kardashian, Khloé Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, Kendall Jenner, Scott Disick, Kris Jenner, and Ryan Seacrest got candid about closing this chapter of their lives.
“I am so grateful and thankful to everyone who has supported us and been there through it all,” the Good American creator, 36, wrote via Instagram on Tuesday, September 8, alongside the official statement about KUWTK ending after 20 seasons. “I’m too emotional to fully express myself at the moment.”
The mother of one shared that a “sappy post will come soon” and acknowledged that “change is hard but also needed at times.” Ultimately, Khloé couldn’t help but rave over her fans, writing, “I love you all. Thank you for the memories!”
Earlier that same day, Kim, 39, announced the sad news via Instagram. “To our amazing fans — 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. “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 SKIMS founder went on to thank everyone who “watched and supported me and my family these past 14 incredible years,” and credited the show for “shaping our careers and changing our lives forever.”
Oldest sister Kourtney, 41, also shared an official statement, noting that she will speak further about future plans and changes. “I will gather my thoughts and share them in a bit,” the mother of three wrote on her Instagram Story.
Meanwhile, Kendall, 24, shared Kim’s post on her Instagram Story and added a broken heart and a red heart emoji, while Scott, 37, paid tribute to the show by posting the official statement on his Instagram Story.
The matriarch, 64, of the family got emotional while speaking about the reality show ending. “To our amazing fans — It is with heavy hearts that we’ve made the difficult decision as a family to say goodbye to Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” Kris began her post.
“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,” she continued, giving a special thanks to individuals and business people who have been part of the journey, including Seacrest. “We will be forever in debt to everyone who played a role in shaping our careers and changing our lives forever. Thank you for joining us on this crazy ride!! We love you all. Kris x.”
Co-creator and executive producer, Seacrest, 45, also said goodbye to the hit reality series on Live With Kelly and Ryan. “It’s an amazing run,” he told cohost Kelly Ripa.
“Thank you to the whole family,” the talk show host added. “The sisters — especially Kris Jenner. I know her as my partner and dear friend. I feel like I’m family with her. I think she’s one of the savviest business people on the planet. She manages family and an incredible empire, it’s no small task.”
The American Idol host continued to go down memory lane and recalled how they got KUWTK up and running in the first place. “It was about 14 and a half years ago, she was looking to do a series with the family,” he said speaking about the famous momager. “I was looking for my first series to produce. We met, and I remember they were gonna do a barbecue at their house. We had to go get a camera from Best Buy.”
“There was yelling, laughter, hugs, all the ingredients to make a show, ” the radio personality continued. “We made a seven minute tape out of it and showed it to E! We put the show on the air weeks later. Thank you to the Kardashians, who have changed entertainment forever.”
Even though the Kardashian-Jenner clan got sentimental over the news, OK! exclusively learned that the reason the sisters are saying goodbye to their 14-year long show is that the network refused to pay another $150 million to keep the family around for another five years. Due to dwindling ratings, E! would not shell out that much money to the Kardashians.
“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 said. “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.”
Season 19 of Keeping Up With The Kardashians will air Thursday, September 17, on E!.
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