After more than a decade on television screens, E! series Keeping Up with the Kardashians will end in 2021, marking the end of an era.

Kim Kardashian broke the surprising news on Instagram, sharing with her 188 million followers that the show would wrap up after its 20th season airs early next year.

“It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye,” Kim Kardashian West said. “We’ve decided as a family to end this very special journey. “We are beyond grateful to all of you who’ve watched us for all of these years — through the good times, the bad times, the happiness, the tears, and the many relationships and children.”

Kardashian West was joined by Kris, Kendall and Kylie Jenner, Kourtney, Khloe and Rob Kardashian, and Scott Disick in signing the statement.

Why is it ending? Was it … cancelled?

The family didn’t say. But the show’s home, the E! network, said in a statement it respected “the family’s decision to live their lives without our cameras”. Being audience numbers have declined in recent years to fewer than 1 million. At the height of the show’s popularity, it was reaching about 4 million.

The series, which debuted in October 2007, sparked 12 spin-off series, including Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami and Revenge Body with Khloe Kardashian.

After several years of production, they have created a name for themselves and given fans a look into several private issues into their family including quarrels, sickness and even childbirth.

The family now boasts of millionaires who are even in the early 20s and its all thanks to the show’s popularity and their hard work in producing content.

The final season will air in 2021. However the second-last season will air in the US on September 17.

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