The reality TV series that followed several members of the blended Kardashian-Jenner family is the launching point for the careers and fame of Kourtney, Kim, and Khloe Kardashian as well as Kylie and Kendall Jenner.
Through it all, Kris Jenner — the family’s matriarch, has carefully orchestrated the theatrics surrounding her family’s rise to the top of the entertainment world. Many speculated that the show — despite lagging in ratings and lacking enough material to keep it going successfully — would continue to limp along because Kris Jenner was keeping it alive.
Now that the series is actually ending, fans are looking for signs that Jenner’s enthusiasm dwindled, and they’re certainly finding evidence.
‘KUWTK’ changed focus over the years
When the reality TV series first premiered back in 2006, the Kardashian family wasn’t all that well known. Robert Kardashian, who passed away a few years before the series started, had gained some fame as one member of O.J. Simpson’s legal team, but the family as a whole was certainly not a household name.
The premise of the show seemed absurd at the time. Who would really want to watch the family dramas and everyday lives of a wealthy but not necessarily noteworthy family? Well, it turns out a lot of people, and the Kardashian-Jenner family’s fame rose right along with the viewers.
When the series premiered, the older sisters were young adults trying to navigate the dating scene as their fame exploded, and the Jenner sisters were literally children. Over time, everything changed. The sisters started their own careers, got married, and had kids of their own.
The focus of the series changed because the lives of the protagonists changed, and they were no longer up-and-coming socialites trying to make it in Hollywood.
Kris Jenner is considered the mastermind of the family
Kris Jenner is largely credited with the meteoric rise to fame her children have seen. Jenner has been pulling the strings behind the scene of practically every deal her children have negotiated.
From early on, Jenner has managed her kids’ careers, and that means that she has had to become a savvy businesswoman when it came to determining contracts for everything from public appearances to modeling gigs to endorsement deals.
While Jenner has clearly been successful at setting her kids on the path to fame, some have wondered if she ignored the costs of these ventures. Private information — including Kim Kardashian’s infamous sex tape — has been leaked about the family for years, and some fans are convinced that Kris Jenner herself is behind the data breach.
There’s a fine line between wanting your family to succeed and exploiting them for gain, and some believe that Jenner has tiptoed over it more than once.
Is ‘KUWTK’ ending because Kris Jenner is finally done?
KUWTK is astonishingly in its 18th season, and fans have been shocked that the show has continued for so long. Kylie and Kendall Jenner don’t make frequent appearances because they have a different contractual obligation to the show, so when Kourtney Kardashian left the series with accusations that the set was “toxic,” it left a lot of pressure on Kim and Khloe to carry the weight.
It seemed like most of the family members had moved on to other projects, but what about Kris Jenner? If the show ended, where would she pour her energies and obvious flair for the dramatic?
Fans of the series took to Reddit to discuss Jenner’s possible future, and it’s there they found a sign that Jenner was truly ready to move on.
The main post features a still from Kris Jenner’s recent appearance on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, and fans think it’s a sign she will soon be taking her talents elsewhere. “Why does she look like she belongs more on real housewives than she does on KUWTK?” one fan asked.