*Keeping Up With the Kardashians* Is on “Indefinite Hold” A.K.A. It’s the End of an Era0 Comments

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Posted on 06 Oct 2016 at 6:08pm

Keeping Up With the Kardashians has been placed on “indefinite hold,” an E! spokesperson revealed to Us Weekly on October 6.

This is perhaps the most stunning development in the wake of Kim’s horrific assault and burglary this week in Paris. In the past, every move the Kardashian’s made—good or bad, planned or not—has been somehow incorporated into the plot of Keeping Up With the Kardashians; it was a way to keep the family in charge of their narrative regardless of what the press reported. Now, though, they are taking decisive steps to stay out of the spotlight. The Kardashian-Jenner clan has been all but silent on social media since Kim was assaulted; Kendall left Paris Fashion Week early; Kim cancelled public appearances, and there are rumors that her social media strategy going forward will be way, way tamer than her typical all-access sharing.

The Kardashians’ ubiquity in the public eye—and particularly, Kim’s often ostentatious displays of wealth—have been pointed at as reasons for the burglary. This is blatant victim-blaming, but it is worth asking whether Kim and her family really want to be in the spotlight while they recover from a probably traumatizing ordeal.

E!, of course, is happy to comply with the family’s wishes. The Kardashians have been huge draws for the network for years, and executives would never risk tarnishing that relationship. Still, with her position in the zeitgeist perhaps for the first time out of her (or her mother’s) control, we wouldn’t be surprised if Kim and Kanye sit down with Diane Sawyer to talk about the incident soon. We, of course, wish the best for Kim and her family during this time and hope the thieves are brought to justice soon.

In the meantime, it’s worth wondering: What if the show never comes back? Will the Kardashian-Jenner clan’s star fade, or will it take a different form? What program will fill KUWTK‘s vacuum? What does a Keeping Up-less TV landscape even look like?

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