10 memorable moments from 'Keeping up with the Kardashians'
Don’t lie, you’ve watched it at least once
Love it or hate it, you can’t deny that the Kardashians started a cultural phenomenon when they launched their reality show Keeping up with the Kardashians in 2007.
13 years later, the show has built a legacy of spin off series, multiple lifestyle brands owned by the family (Kylie Cosmetics, Poosh, Good American, KKW beauty), generated millions of dollars, and cemented the Kardashians as the first family of reality viewing.
While there’s no real one reason for the show coming to an end, loyal viewers (don’t you judge me) will have noticed how less and less of the family members were willing to appear on camera with the ins and outs of their personal lives.
Rob Kardashian decided to prioritise his health and weightloss journey, Kylie Jenner refused to be as on-camera following the birth of her daughter Stormi and sister Kendall was never as involved in the first place due to her jet-setting career as a model. Even more central figures like Kris and Kourtney decided they wanted to take a backseat after more than a decade on the air, leaving Kim and Khloe to do all the heavy lifting, a source of tension for the family that was addressed head-on in a more recent episode.
On top of that, Kim’s husband, rapper Kanye West, has been having an eventful year due to his public struggle with his mental health and announcing that he is running for president (#Kanye2020 yo). Khloe is seemingly still in a grey area with her former partner (and cheater) Tristan Thompson, and both sisters are still raising young children on top of their many side hustles, so it makes sense that the show seems unsustainable at this point.
While we’re sure we’ll still be seeing a lot of the Kardashian clan, we decided to mark the end of an era with our top ten iconic moments on the show, good and bad:
Kim losing her diamond earring
You had to know that this would be on the list. Basically the whole family went to Bora Bora and Kim’s then-boyfriend, basketball player Kris Humphries, threw her in the ocean. Unfortunately, her diamond earring came off in the water in the process. Kim had a full meltdown and Kourtney responded with her iconic line, “Kim, there’s people that are dying!” to try and put her sister’s problems in perspective. Luckily the earring was found and the holiday in paradise continued, though the real drama was still coming for Kim and Kris…
Khloe getting arrested
Back in her wild child days, Khloe was actually arrested for a DUI (Driving Under the Influence) and she had to hand herself over to police as she was already on probation. Of course she brought the family, and some cameras, along, and you could say that Kim wasn’t necessarily as upset as you’d expect a sister to be. She spent the whole car ride taking selfies, prompting Kris to reprimand her with the now iconic line, “Kim would you stop taking pictures of yourself? Your sister’s going to jail!”
“You’re doing amazing sweety!”
Cementing Kris Jenner as OG entertainment momager and even resulting in her trademarking the phrase, the “you’re doing amazing sweety!” episode has since spurred hundreds of memes. The phrase came from a 2007 episode where Jenner accompanied Kim on a modeling shoot for Playboy magazine. Even though Kim was reluctant to do it after the release of her sex tape (and had a meltdown when she saw the pics), Kris encouraged her to do it and uttered the now famous line during the shoot while taking her own pics (3:12 in the vid below).
The Bentley fight
So this one is as ridiculous as it sounds, the OG sisters (Kim, Kourtney and Khloe) get into a massive fight about a Bentley, yes a luxury car, and Kim even yells the hilarious zinger “you are so jealous that you can’t get a Bentley, so you’re trying to ruin my moment for me!”, you know, regular sibling stuff. Basically the argument spills over at home and eventually ends up with Kim physically attacking Khloe and yelling, “Don’t be f*#!@ing rude!”. The moment was a lot, and gained attention again in 2020 when TikTok users unearthed the old clip and made their own versions.
Kim’s wedding to Kris Humphries
It was promoted and televised like it was another royal wedding, and Kim’s wedding to former athlete Kris Humphreis in 2011, after only a few months of dating, was the show’s most watched episode in its 14 year run, with close to 11 million viewers tuning in over the two episode special. Costing an eye-watering $10 million, the wedding was a huge reality TV event, and made it even more ridiculous when the marriage ended just 72 days later.
Caitlyn Jenner’s transition
Definitely one of the most emotionally impactful storylines from the show, Caitlyn Jenner’s transitioning and public reveal gained huge attention from the public. While the family was supportive of her transitioning, relationships were strained after family matriarch Kris Jenner accused the former Olympian of lying about their marriage and painting her in a negative light in Jenner’s now infamous Vanity Fair interview. Sadly it seems the family still haven’t patched things up 100%, and Jenner said this week that the family didn’t tell her about the show ending.
Kim’s Paris robbery
Another emotionally hard-hitting storyline, Kim was extremely open and vulnerable about her traumatic armed robbery experience, and the emotional distress she had to manage afterwards. While a lot of online trolls made fun of the star at the time after she was robbed (some even accusing her of faking it) I couldn’t help but feel for the star after she went through what is most people’s worst nightmare.
Kanye wanting to be like The Incredibles
Even if you’ve never watched an episode, you’ll know that Kim’s husband Kanye never really seemed on board with the whole reality show, often only appearing in the background and hardly speaking when the cameras were rolling. That’s why it was a huge surprise when he appeared in a confessional in Season 16 episode 1 with Kim. His reason? He really likes The Incredibles and the movie opens with an interview scene. Also he says that Kim and Elastic Girl both have big butts which is HILARIOUS. Watch it below.
Kim and Kourtney fighting (and leaving makeup on the wall)
In an episode from the most recent season of Keeping up with the Kardashians, long-building tensions between Kim and Kourtney resulted in a physical confrontation. The altercation happened when Kim called out Kourtney for not being as dedicated to their busy work schedule, and the eldest Kard sister left the show shortly afterwards. The fight was pretty crazy in itself, and actually ended with Khloe having to wipe her sister’s makeup off her white walls.
Finding out about Tristan and Jordyn
Listen we’re really sorry for Khloe and what she’s been through with men, but this was some really good reality TV. Khloe decided to give basketball pro Tristan another chance after he had been caught hooking up with other girls (while she was nine months PREGNANT), but only a few months later he was involved in another scandal, this time with Kylie’s bestie and Keeping up with the Kardashians regular, Jordyn Woods.
While there are different versions of the story, it seems the two shared an inappropriate moment at a house party, and word quickly got back to the Kardashians. The fallout was rough and divided a lot of fans, many of whom rooted for Jordyn after she gave a Red Table Talk interview to Jada Pinkett-Smith. These days it seems she’s completely severed ties with the Kards, and as for Khloe and Tristan, fans are still guessing about what their status is.
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