Members of the Kardashian clan were divided over whether to end the family’s iconic reality show, Page Six is told. Sources say that there were two camps — with Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, Kendall Jenner and Kylie Jenner on one side, and Khloé Kardashian and Scott Disick on the other.
“Some of them needed the money more than others,” said an insider. (Although, we can’t help but note, after 18 seasons so far, none of the co-stars is exactly strapped for cash.)
According to sources, Kylie, Kendall and Kim were all in favor of axing “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” once it became clear that it’s no longer their best money-making strategy. Meanwhile, West has long wanted wife Kim off the reality show, so he joined the Can-It Club.
We’re told that Disick and Khloé both see the show as an easy and reliable payday. Insiders point out that while Kylie has her famously lucrative cosmetics line and Kendall has a thriving modeling career, Khloé and Disick’s clothing companies — Good American and Talentless, respectively — are, by comparison, small potatoes.
No word on where Rob Kardashian’s sock empire fits into the picture.
The source echoed our report from last week, saying that the family would likely have continued with the show were it not for the harsh financial realities of cable TV during the global financial crisis.
“If it wasn’t for the pandemic, it could have kept going,” said an insider. “But times are changing, and budgets are lower, and people want to move on.”
Last week — after the family announced that the show will end next year — we reported that the family’s personal struggles (including West’s mental-health crises) combined with dwindling financial prospects to doom the series. We also reported that they’re considering a streaming deal.
A rep for the family declined to comment.