Kim Kardashian West reportedly wants to end the show to keep her marriage to Kanye West, who has bipolar disorder, private.
Kim Kardashian West and her family have been a mainstay of E! Cable Network since 2007 with their reality show and they are finally ready to say goodbye. West and other family members announced in a statement that season 21 of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, which will air in early 2021, will be the last one.
Addressing fans, the statement said, "It is with heavy hearts that we’ve made the difficult decision as a family to say goodbye to Keeping Up with the Kardashians. 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 show revolves around the lives and loves of the Kardashian-Jenner clan. They thanked "the thousands of individuals and businesses that have been a part of this experience." Ryan Seacrest, an executive producer on the show, received "a very special thank you" for believing in them and so did E! for being their partner, and their "production team at Bunim/Murray, who’ve spent countless hours documenting our lives."
Kim Kardashian spoke about the special honor that the show has in her life. She acknowledged that without the reality TV show, she "wouldn’t be where" she is today. "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," she added.
It is believed that the reality TV show is coming to an end after Kim's husband rapper Kanye West went through a hard time over the summer, after announcing that he was running for president. She wants to keep her marriage to the rapper "very, very private," according to Mirror UK.
They reportedly went through a tough phase in their relationship and the reality TV star opened up about his mental health. "As many of you know, Kanye has bipolar disorder. Anyone who has this or has a loved one in their life who does, knows how incredibly complicated and painful it is to understand," she said.
He is a "brilliant but complicated person" whose "words sometimes do not align with his intentions", she said, according to BBC.
Kim's sister Khloe Kardashian, one of the stars of KUWTK, also made the announcement on her Instagram post.