‘KUWTK’ Recap: Season 20 Episode 7 — The ‘Devastating’ Decision
The latest chapter of Keeping Up with the Kardashians was not only an emotional rollercoaster for the Kardashian-Jenners but fans as well.
The episode, titled “The End of an Era,” features Kris Jenner, Kim Kardashian West, Kourtney Kardashian, and Khloé Kardashian grappling with the decision to end KUWTK after 20 seasons. Though most of them agreed that pulling the plug was the right thing to do, still, coming to terms with their decision proved to be no easy feat.
Ending the show wasn’t a unanimous decision
On May 6, the seventh episode of the final season of KUWTK aired on E!.
The episode began with the Kardashian-Jenners holding a family meeting, where they discussed being torn over the idea of renewing their contract with E! in a “multiyear, multiseason deal” or simply ending KUWTK for good.
“This is a big day for me and my family because we’re going to discuss whether or not we want to move forward with filming Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” the Kardashian matriarch explained in a confessional. “We’re filming it on our iPhones because we don’t want the crew to film it and have them hear the conversation, but at the same time, we wanted to document it because it’s an important day.”
While Kourtney Kardashian thinks it’s “definitely time” to close this chapter in their lives and move on, Kim Kardashian West agrees, noting that “so many factors” have made filming complicated recently.
On the other hand, Kris Jenner toys over whether ending the show is the best thing to do, seeing as it’s the family’s “biggest blessing” and the “foundation” for everything else they do.
Meanwhile, Khloé Kardashian wants to hold onto KUWTK for a bit longer and remains unsure about putting an end to it.
“I think it’s like, everyone wishes that it could be less. Do I think we all need a break sometimes? Yeah, but I don’t know if that necessarily means like, to stop,” she says during the episode.
Jenner ends up taking a final poll: “All in favor say ‘aye.'”
“Aye,” Kim and Kourtney said — before Khloé hesitates and finally agrees with the rest of the family.
“Majority rules,” the Good American founder said. “Aye.”
She later shares in a confessional, “Having to tell everybody, ‘Okay, well now this is all coming to an end,’ it’s just, it’s really devastating. I hate this year so much.”
The Kardashian-Jenners are reduced to tears when breaking the ‘devastating’ news to the ‘KUWTK’ crew
After coming to a general consensus to end KUWTK, the Kardashian-Jenners gather outside with their production crew to deliver the news.
“There’s no easy way to say this, except, just to say it because we love you guys all so much, and it’s almost like ripping off a band-aid,” the momager says as she holds back tears. “We just wanted to tell you in person that we won’t be going forward with filming the show anymore. It’s been a really excruciating decision to make. This journey has been the most incredible thing that we’ve ever done and we can’t even express the appreciation that we have for you along the way.”
Each of the Kardashian sisters then chimed in to express their gratitude for the crew.
“I hope you guys feel respected and appreciated because even if we don’t say it, I think of you guys as my second family. I know we’re all really really grateful,” Khloé said. “When it’s happy, it’s happy, but when people are there for you when life f*cking sucks, that’s what matters.”
The scene is unbearably sad as cameras caught not only the Kar-Jenners but members of the crew reduced to tears over this heartbreaking decision.
The Kardashians plan to end ‘KUWTK’ with a bang
After sharing their decision with the production crew, the Kardashian-Jenners reveal that they’re ending KUWTK to their friends and family before the news is announced to the world.
From Kardashian West’s best friend Jonathan Cheban to Caitlyn Jenner, the famous bunch informs their loved ones about their decision, which took most by surprise.
Meanwhile, Kourtney confides in her ex Scott Disick about comments and memes on social media, declaring that she “single-handedly took down KUWTK.”
The Poosh founder says she’s “bothered” by the comments, noting that she would have continued with the show had the rest of her family wanted to.
“Every time our contract’s up, we always have this conversation of like, ‘Do we want to keep doing this? What are we happy with? What do we want to do?'” Kourtney explains to Disick. “If everyone wanted to keep doing it, I’m sure I would have kept doing it too. Unless I found my island to move to….”
The episode ends with the Kardashian-Jenner’s agreeing to make the most out of their last weeks of filming.
“We’re going to ride this decision out and close this chapter,” Kardashian West said in a confessional. “And then we’ll see what’s on the horizon for us next.”