Sofia Richie’s Decision to Leave ‘KUWTK’ Reportedly Has to Do with Scott Disick

Sofia Richie’s days on Keeping Up with the Kardashians have come to an end. The model announced on Feb. 4 that she won’t return to the show next season, as she wants to focus on her acting career. Despite the assertion, sources have claimed that there’s more to her departure than just that. According to some insiders, Richie’s boyfriend, Scott Disick, also allegedly influenced her decision to quit the hit E! series. Here’s how.

Scott Disick and Sofia Richie at a party in August 2019
Scott Disick and Sofia Richie at a party in August 2019 | Denise Truscello/Getty Images for Wynn Nightlife

More on Sofia Richie’s time on ‘KUWTK’ and her departure

Richie made her debut on KUWTK in October 2019 when she went on vacation with Disick and his ex Kourtney Kardashian, with whom he shares three children.

There initially seemed to be some tension between Richie and members of the KarJenner family, with many questioning the 15-year age gap between her and Disick and doubting they would last long. But she was able to forge a friendly relationship with many members of the family.

Even so, Richie has now decided to move on from the show. Speaking to Entertainment Tonight on Feb. 4, the model said she wants to buckle down and move on to more serious things. “I want to get into acting!” Richie said. “I feel like, for a while, I kind of held back on things because I was afraid of failure, but 2020 is [the year of] no fear! I’m gonna be doing acting stuff really soon.”

Although sources say her comments were genuine, they also claim that she’s stepping away to strengthen her relationship with Disick.

Are Sofia Richie and Scott Disick having problems?

No, that’s not what the sources mean. In fact, insiders claim the two — who began dating in 2017 — are doing better than ever. One source told HollywoodLife on Feb. 7: “Sofia and Scott are still together and it would surprise those close to them if they ever split. Their relationship is very easy and natural.”

“But, she wants to have her own career and do her own projects, and she has no interest in reality TV,” the source went on, noting that Richie only agreed to appear on the show in the first place “because Scott really wanted it.”

“That was really enough reality TV for her taste, but she’s all about Scott continuing to do what he loves — she just really wants to keep her work life and her love life separate,” the source added.

Does Sofia Richie’s departure have anything to do with Kourtney Kardashian?

Fans have assumed that Richie might be having problems with Kardashian, as it was recently reported that she unfollowed the Poosh founder on Instagram. But an insider said there’s no drama between them.

“This isn’t a sign that there’s trouble between Sofia and the [Kardashian] family,” they said, adding, “Sofia’s never been keen on doing reality TV. Her ultimate goal is to be an actress and she wants to stay in that lane.”

Sources have repeatedly said in the past that there’s no bad blood between Richie and Kardashian. One of them told People back in May: “As much as people would love there to be, there isn’t any drama between Scott, Sofia and Kourtney. They spend a ton of time together, and Kourtney is comfortable with Sofia around the kids. Scott and Kourtney have gotten along really well for a long time. It’s not only the family trips, but dinners, celebrations, etc. They spend time together with Sofia, and it isn’t weird.”

Kardashian herself told Paper magazine in May 2019 that her relationship with Disick and Richie is the thing she’s “most proud of.” So there’s truly nothing to see here.

It looks like Richie is simply looking for a change of scenery. But who knows. Maybe she’ll return to KUWTK in the future.