Keeping Up With The Kardashians: Where the stars are 13 years later

Kim Kardashian West has become one of the most famous people on the planet since the start of her family’s reality TV show
Kim Kardashian West has become one of the most famous people on the planet since the start of her family’s reality TV show (Ian West/PA)

Keeping Up With The Kardashians launched in 2007 and the world is now a dramatically different place – no more so than for the stars of the show.

Kim Kardashian was perhaps best known as a friend of Paris Hilton’s before the release of a sex tape with an ex-boyfriend made her famous – or infamous – enough for the E! network to base a reality TV show on.

After 13 hugely successful years, the family has announced the show will end next year, after what will be 20 seasons and hundreds of episodes.

The PA news agency takes a look at how the show made the Kardashian-Jenner family stars.

Kim Kardashian West

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To our amazing fans – It is with heavy hearts that we’ve made the difficult decision as a family to say goodbye to Keeping Up with the Kardashians. After what will be 14 years, 20 seasons, hundreds of episodes and numerous spin-off shows, 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. We’ll forever cherish the wonderful memories and countless people we’ve met along the way. Thank you to the thousands of individuals and businesses that have been a part of this experience and, most importantly, a very special thank you to Ryan Seacrest for believing in us, E! for being our partner, and our production team at Bunim/Murray, who’ve spent countless hours documenting our lives. Our last season will air early next year in 2021. Without Keeping Up with The Kardashians, I wouldn’t be where I am today. I am so incredibly grateful to everyone who has watched and supported me and my family these past 14 incredible years. This show made us who we are and I will be forever in debt to everyone who played a role in shaping our careers and changing our lives forever. With Love and Gratitude, Kim

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Before starring in her own reality TV show, Kardashian West – or simply Kardashian back then – was best known for starring in a sex tape with the rapper Ray-J.

That brought notoriety which eventually led to Keeping Up With The Kardashians.

Fast forward 13 years and Kardashian West is one of the most famous people on the planet and presides over a booming cosmetics business which Forbes magazine says makes her worth 900 million dollars (about £700 million).

The 39-year-old has emerged as one of the leading criminal justice reformers in the US and is training to become a lawyer. Her work has taken her to the White House, where she spoke with US President Donald Trump to promote efforts to help former prisoners get jobs.

Kardashian West married the controversial rapper Kanye West in 2014 and they have four children. Their marriage has been buffeted by his high-profile outbursts on social media, including in July when she issued a statement about West being a “brilliant but complicated person”.

Kris Jenner

Kris Jenner has proven herself a highly skilled businesswoman, overseeing her children’s careers (Ian West/PA)

The so-called “momager” is widely seen as the architect for the family’s astounding success.

Before Keeping Up With The Kardashians, the former flight attendant was best known for her former spouse.

She is the ex-wife of Robert Kardashian, OJ Simpson’s lawyer, and when the reality show began Jenner was married to Olympic hero Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as Bruce.

After inviting the E! cameras into her life for 13 years, Jenner, 64, is almost as famous as her daughters and boasts more than 36 million followers on Instagram.

She and Caitlyn divorced in 2015. Jenner is in a relationship with businessman Corey Gamble.

Kourtney Kardashian

Kourtney Kardashian has starred in the family’s reality TV show since it launched (Ian West/PA)

The eldest of the sisters, Kourtney has been a major presence on Keeping Up With The Kardashian from the outset.

Her on-again off-again relationship with Scott Disick – the father of her three children – was a major storyline and she starred in the spin-off series Kourtney And Khloe Take Miami and Kourtney And Kim Take New York.

While she also boasts a vast social media following – 101 million on Instagram alone – Kourtney had become ambivalent towards the show that made her a star.

In July she said Keeping Up With The Kardashians became “toxic” after she came to blows with Kim during a recent episode.

She launched her lifestyle website, Poosh, last year.

Khloe Kardashian

Khloe Kardashian is mother to two-year-old daughter True (Dominic Lipinski/Ian West/PA)

Khloe’s heartbreak has been a regular theme of Keeping Up With The Kardashians.

The unlucky in love star was married to former professional basketball player Lamar Odom from 2009-2016.

She had paused divorce proceedings in 2015 after Odom suffered a near-fatal overdose at a Nevada brothel.

Khloe, who has reportedly dated rapper French Montana, was also in a relationship with NBA star Tristan Thompson, the father of her two-year-old daughter, True.

She gave birth in April 2018 amid reports he had been unfaithful while she was pregnant. The drama was captured by the Keeping Up With The Kardashians cameras.

Khloe, whose spin-off shows include Kourtney And Khloe Take Miami and Kourtney And Khloe Take The Hamptons, has 121 million Instagram followers.

Kendall and Kylie Jenner

Kendall and Kylie Jenner first appeared on the family’s reality TV show as children (Ian West/PA)

Kendall and Kylie, daughters of Kris and Caitlyn Jenner, first appeared on Keeping Up With The Kardashians as children but are now among the most influential young people on the planet.

Kendall, 24, is a supermodel with 139 million Instagram followers, while 23-year-old Kylie boasts 195 million.

Such is Kylie’s influence, a negative tweet about social media app Snapchat in 2018 saw roughly 1.3 billion dollars (about £1 billion) wiped off the company’s market value.

She has leveraged her vast following to grow her thriving Kylie Cosmetics business.

In March 2019, Forbes featured Jenner along with the headline “At 21, Kylie Jenner Becomes The Youngest Self-Made Billionaire Ever”.

It later retracted the claim, accusing the reality star of inflating the value of her business.

Caitlyn Jenner

Caitlyn Jenner
Caitlyn Jenner has appeared on Keeping Up With The Kardashians (PA)

Caitlyn, once labelled the “world’s greatest athlete” thanks to her Olympic exploits, came out as a transgender woman in April 2015.

She announced the news in a high-profile TV interview with Diane Sawyer and also appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair alongside a picture taken by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz and the headline “Call me Caitlyn”.

Before coming out as transgender, Caitlyn appeared on Keeping Up With The Kardashians as Bruce, father of Kendall and Kylie, from the beginning of the show.

She was already a household name in the US thanks to her sports career.

She later starred in I Am Cait, an E! documentary series chronicling her life post-transition.

Scott Disick

Disick has been a main cast member throughout Keeping Up With The Kardashians, often providing  a source of comic relief.

A businessman, he is known for his “Lord Disick” persona as well as for being the father of Kourtney’s three children. They split in 2015 and he has been dating Lionel Richie’s model daughter’s Sofia.

Disick’s battles with drink and drugs have been another running theme of the show.

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