An Open Letter To The Kardashians

 ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians’ is coming to an end but their legacy will continue to live on and hold a special place in our hearts. 

Danica Creahan

AfterBuzz TV Host & Writer
Posted On: September 13th, 2020 6:47 pm pst

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Series: Open Letter 

Have you ever wanted to write a letter to someone who’s impacted your life? Just express your true feelings on paper? Well, Afterbuzz TV has a new series called, “Open Letter” to give staff writers the chance to communicate those feelings. Here’s an open letter from our staff writer Danica Creahan enclosed to Keeping Up With Kardashians to honor how the show brought great memories to her childhood.

My whole life I’ve felt anxious whenever I’m home alone. Something about the silence has always gnawed at me and made me jumpy and nervous. Around age 10, when I was home alone I would be popping on the TV as background noise to help calm me.

I remember watching reruns of Keeping Up With The Kardashians on some channel our TV bunny ears picked up (way before binge watching the series on Hulu). I was basically an OG binger. I distinctly remember their first house where Kendall and Kylie were practically babies where they discovered and danced on Kris Jenner’s in-home pole. 

My family never had E! so by the time I hit my mid-teens,I had been waiting to devour the entire season that was finally on Hulu. The prime time always seemed to be around when I was being left alone for a weekend or pet-sitting for people and their empty houses. I detested the feeling of loneliness, but when KUWTK was on, it kept the feeling at bay. 

I know the show isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. Most of the people in my life detest reality television. And sure, some of the show’s drama is typical for reality TV, considering the Kardashians essentially made the mold for a successful reality show. But I think what appealed to me most about the show is the thing non-viewers deny even exists—the intimacy of it all. 

For those of us who have watched from the beginning ,and seeing the family grow and evolve made me feel connected because I was growing in my own personal life as well. This made me feel like I could relate to their family at times. 

No, I am not trying to say I feel like a member of the Kardashian family, and I am not immune to many of the valid criticisms the sisters have acquired over their rollercoaster careers, but the family feels to me much like the Waltons or the Brady Bunch. Kris Jenner and Kim Kardashian’s relationship holds a place in my heart right next to Lorelai and Rory Gilmore. 

It seems as though by television standards, it is less acceptable to feel attached to reality stars than fictional characters, and I often wonder why that is. When Kim announced the show would be ending, I felt a sadness very much akin to any long running television show, only this time, the characters won’t only live inside of reruns. 

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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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It will certainly be weird to not have the Kardashian family to keep me company in the coming years, though I take comfort in knowing I can always find them on Instagram. Thanks Kardashian family, for 14 years of memories (and memes), you will be missed. 

About The Author:

Danica Creahan is a student of Journalism at Loyola Marymount University and Intern at AfterBuzz TV with a passion for story-telling and rewatching 90’s TV shows.

Founded by Emmy winning journalist Maria Menounos and Producer Keven Undergaro, artist-friendly AfterBuzz TV is the world’s largest digital broadcast network and pop culture news platform, producing post-game ‘after-shows’ for nearly all favorite TV shows, interviewing cast and showrunners and providing the widest video, audio and article coverage of shows, content and influencers than any entertainment news platforms in existence

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