Well, this is just a lil bit huge: just months after E! announced Keeping Up With The Kardashians would be wrapping up after its 20th season, Disney has today (Thursday US time) reportedly dropped the bombshell that the family will be creating new global content exclusively for Disney-owned Hulu in the US and in multiple territories on Star internationally.
Yep, as CNBC reports, during a Disney investor day presser on Thursday, the company announced that Kris Jenner, Kim, Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian and Kendall and Kylie Jenner would be returning to the small screen – this time, starring in a new series expected to debut late 2021.
Back when the family announced the ending of the OG series, they'd explained that the decision had come with "heavy hearts." "After what will be 14 years, 20 seasons, hundreds of episodes and several spin-off shows, we've decided as a family to end this very special journey," they'd said.
Momager Kris had later appeared on Ellen DeGeneres' talk show, offering up more deets. "It was kind of sudden," she'd said. "I think we were talking about signing up for another couple of years with our network, and suddenly just all came to the decision as a group that the whole family felt it was just time."
As is usually the case with popular show endings, there were rumours of pay rise requests not being met. Reports had it that the family wanted $200 US dollars million a season, up from $150 million, but that the network had said they couldn't afford it, especially considering declining ratings. From the sounds of Kris' "felt it was just time", coupled with the family now all of a sudden announcing a new show on a new network, it seems like money talks.
Written by Sangeeta Kocharekar, an American-born, Sydney-based writer at MTV. Photos from her pre-COVID-19 days as a travel writer are here.