After 14 years, Andy Cohen's long-running series, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, will air its final episode on Thursday with the family reuniting one week later for a special 2 part reunion episode hosted by E!.
Last fall, Kim Kardashian West announced the end of the unicorn reality series after 20 headline-inducing seasons. Kardashian posted her gratitude of Instagram after the time and thanks fans who have viewed us through the good times, the bad times, the happiness, the tears and many relationships and children for many years.
But this isn't the end of the Kardashian empire.
In December, Disney announced that it had teamed up with the famous family for an exclusive, multi-year deal that allows the Kardashians to create'global content that is exclusively broadcasting on Hulu Disney has a major stake in the platform in the U.S. and later on the Star platform by late 2021.
All five sisters - Kim, Kourtney, Kim, Kris, Kendall and Kylie -- will star in the upcoming series alongside their mother Kim.
Various reports said the cast wanted a salary increase which led to the decision of leaving E! All signs point to a big payday at Hulu so everything points to. Disney has yet to reveal the financial stipulations of the agreement at the moment.
The last deal that I made with E! According to Variety, the family was inked with a reported $100 million amount back in 2017.
'Keeping Up with the Kardashians' premiered in 2007 — a poignant time in the peak of American television history.
It was the year that CW's 'Gossip Girl and AMC's 'Made Men' made their final appearances while 'The Sopranos' and 'The O.C. aired their grand anthems.
At the time, '' High School Musical 2' was the most watched made-for cable movie in history with over 17 million viewers, while 7.4 million people tuned in to watch the now-canceled Victoria's Secret Fashion Show on CBS.
For an extra dose of nostalgia, it was also the year that reality start Vince McMahon went head-to-head with Donald Trump in WWE's The Battle of the Millionaires'' and was announced on April 10, 2016.
Cable television was once an cherished form of home entertainment. Fast forward a decade and a half later, however, the media landscape is much more varied — and consumers have a lot more options to juggle.
The streaming services — from new Netflix to veteran HBO Max and Disney — have exploded in popularity over the past year, especially during the coronavirus epidemic.
According to a new Pew Research Center survey, the share of Americans who say they watch TV via cable or satellite has decreased in 2015 from 56% to 76% today.
Meanwhile, the viral TikTok challenges and social media continue to reign supreme -- with reality stars often at the forefront.
Currently, each of the 'KarJenner' sisters have amassed well over 100 million followers on E! alone — providing constant, up-to-date updates versus the much lengthier process of waiting week-by-week for new episodes to air on Instagram.
Additionally, the ratings peaked according to Nielsen at 4.8 million during the Season 4 finale in February 2010. The most recent seasons haven't even come close.
All of which suggests that the Kardashians don't need E! To be successful. They need to meet fans where they are — which is mostly on social media and streaming services — and networks are beginning to grapple with the same reality.
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