The Kardashians ‘Deserve Privacy’: ‘KUWTK’ Fans In Support of the Show’s Final Season
Many fans who had stuck by the show over the years were growing weary with what they saw as bad acting and contrived plot lines. It was clear to everyone — including, it seems, the Kardashians themselves — that the show had changed, and it wasn’t for the better. Now it’s been made official.
The series will end in 2021, and the finale represents the end of an era. While some fans are heartbroken to see a series they’ve literally grown up watching go off the air, others are happy for the Kardashians for drawing some boundaries around their lives.
Many fans have watched the sisters struggle with the pressures of the spotlight and the demands of the show, so they’re glad the family will finally get the privacy they deserve.
‘KUWTK’ premiered in 2006
When Keeping Up with the Kardashians premiered in 2006, the Kardashians were only tangentially known in Hollywood circles. At that point, their biggest claim to fame was that the father of the oldest children, Robert Kardashian, had been on the legal team defending O.J. Simpson.
Conveniently — and some would say suspiciously — aligned with the premiere of the reality TV show was the leak of Kim Kardashian’s sex tape with Ray J.
By the time the show hit the air, the public was perplexed by this blended family of alliteratively-named sisters. They were quickly enraptured with watching Kim, Khloe, and Kourtney Kardashian as well as little sisters Kendall and Kylie Jenner (who were literally children) as the family attempted to claw their way from merely well-to-do and into superstardom.
Along the way, fans were treated to plenty of family drama and lots of very intimate glimpses into the family’s life.
‘KUWTK’ struggled in recent years
KUWTK changed reality TV forever. The fact that so many people would be fascinated by the seemingly mundane details of a family’s life year after year helped launch a whole new genre of entertainment.
During its impressive run — which has so far spanned 18 seasons — the show has been nominated for several awards, frequently racking up wins for both People’s Choice Awards and Teen Choice Awards. It has also produced plenty of memorable (and meme-able) moments that will go down in entertainment history.
Despite its former success, KUWTK has been struggling in recent years. After Kourtney Kardashian left the show and called the filming environment “toxic,” it became more and more difficult for the series to find enough content to meaningfully fill its air time.
With Kourtney gone and Kylie and Kendall Jenner under different contract obligations, Kim and Khloe Kardashian were left to pick up more and more of the work of making the show interesting. Kim, in particular, seems to be moving away from reality TV as her platform, and the strain of keeping the show going was coming through for viewers.
Some fans are happy ‘KUWTK’ is ending
Of course, there are plenty of fans who are going to miss a show that has been a part of their lives for so long. At the same time, plenty of viewers understand the need for the family members to move on.
In a Reddit thread, several fans were discussing the show’s ending. Many expressed a shared sentiment about how they would miss the show and getting to watch the family. “[T]hey were our family too. Kinda bittersweet,” one commenter wrote.
Others expressed a clear understanding for why the family would want some boundaries around their lives. “[I] feel like they need the privacy and don’t want to deal with haters and negative comments,” one commenter wrote. Another quickly agreed: “they’re people too, they deserve privacy if that’s what they want.”
It may be odd to think of privacy for a family who voluntarily invited cameras into their homes for years, but fans seem to understand that they aren’t entitled to that kind of access to their lives forever. Perhaps the time has finally come to draw some boundaries between their public lives and their private ones.