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Hard to forget the Kardashians

Top eight zingers and meme-worthy moments from US reality series Keeping Up With The Kardashians, which will air its final season next year

A still from Keeping Up With The Kardashians 10: (from far left) Khloe Kardashian, Kris Jenner, Kourtney Kardashian, Kim Kardashian, Kendall Jenner and Kylie Jenner (in front).
A still from Keeping Up With The Kardashians 10: (from left) Khloe Kardashian, Kris Jenner, Kourtney Kardashian, Kim Kardashian, Kendall Jenner and Kylie Jenner (in front).PHOTO: SINGTEL

No other family has dominated pop culture and headlines in the past decade quite like America's first family of reality television, the Kardashians.

But after 14 years and 20 seasons on air, it recently announced that Keeping Up With The Kardashians is coming to a close, with the final season airing at the start of next year.

Keeping Up With The Kardashians is showing on streaming service hayu at hayu.com or via its app.

The show has turned its subjects into some of the most famous people on earth - namely, the five sisters who anchor the show: Kim, Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian, and their half-sisters Kendall and Kylie Jenner.

"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," wrote Kim Kardashian in an Instagram post announcing the show's end.

From high jinks while on holiday in exotic destinations such as Bora Bora to major family milestones like weddings, divorces and births, The Straits Times looks back at the show's most memorable moments.

  • Keeping Up With The Kardashians is available on streaming service hayu at hayu.com or via its app.


1. KOURTNEY GIVES BIRTH

When: Season 4, episode 10

What: Eldest sister Kourtney was the first sibling to have a child, with then-partner Scott Disick - and she did it on camera.

Nearly all her sisters were present as she gave birth to now 10-year-old Mason in 2009.

During labour, she even reached down and pulled the baby out herself.

She did the same for her second child Penelope, who was born in 2012.

The birth of their third child Reign, in 2014, was not televised.

What Khloe said: "Kourtney just loves to pull out her own children."


2. KIM GETS HYSTERICAL OVER LOST EARRING

When: Season 6, episode 12

What: While on their annual family vacation - in Bora Bora with Kim's then-boyfriend Kris Humphries - things took a dramatic turn when he threw her into the ocean, resulting in the loss of her US$75,000 (S$102,000) diamond earring.

She cried hysterically to her mother Kris Jenner, who reassures her that everything is going to be okay.

Youngest sister Kylie eventually found the earring.

What Kourtney said: "Kim, there's people that are dying."


3. KHLOE GOES TO JAIL WHILE KIM TAKES SELFIES

When: Season 3, episode 1

What: Mum/manager Kris and Kim accompanied Khloe as she went to jail for violating probation from her arrest for driving under the influence.

Big sister Kim decided to chronicle the journey by taking selfies and wefies.

She later released the photos she took on her website in 2016, with the caption: "Had to share them with you guys because they are SO funny and I still can't believe this happened. Good thing I took some selfies to document the moment."

What Kris said: "Kim, would you stop taking pictures of yourself? Your sister's going to jail."


4. KIM'S BUTT X-RAY

When: Season 6, episode 3

What: Kim's controversial bum had been the subject of much speculation: au naturel or the result of cosmetic surgery?

In 2011, she dealt with the rumours by getting her butt scanned with an X-ray machine, after a dare from Kourtney and Khloe.

Her scan was compared with one of Khloe's silicone breast implants, showing there was no silicone in Kim's butt.

She reportedly got her famous derriere insured for a jaw-dropping US$21 million in 2014.

What Kim said: "The whole world has been doubting me - this is the best thing I could've done."


5. KRIS AT KIM'S PLAYBOY SHOOT

When: Season 1, episode 4

What: Kris convinced Kim to pose for a nude Playboy shoot, right after Kim's sex-tape scandal.

At the shoot, Kris snapped a few photos while encouraging Kim from the sidelines.

What Kris said as Kim posed in pearls and nothing else: "You're doing amazing, sweetie."


6. KRIS MEETS CAITLYN JENNER

When: Season 11, episode 4

What: Kris met her former husband and Olympian Bruce Jenner to address the tension between them, following Bruce's very public gender transition to Caitlyn.

Things turned sour after Caitlyn gave an interview to Vanity Fair in 2015, in which she blamed Kris for the breakdown of their 25-year marriage and said Kris knew all along about her desire to be a woman.

What Kris said about Caitlyn: "But I've got to hand it to her - she looks great."


7. TRISTAN CHEATS ON KHLOE DAYS BEFORE SHE GIVES BIRTH

When: Season 15, episode 12 As a pregnant Khloe neared her due date, several gossip blogs published reports of her basketball player boyfriend Tristan Thompson cheating on her.

Her family rushed to be with her in Cleveland, where Thompson was present for the birth of their daughter, True.

But things were a little awkward in the delivery room, with her family taking it out on him in their on-camera interviews instead.

What Khloe said to Kim: "Are you going to say 'hi' to each other or no?"


8. KIM'S FAIRY-TALE WEDDING AND "CRY FACE"

When: Season 6, episodes 14 and 15

What: Within a year, Kim went from dating basketball player Humphries to a two-episode televised wedding to divorcing him after just 72 days of marriage.

But trust the Kardashians to capitalise on everything. The tear-streaked image of Kim in a white robe (above) became Kimoji (Kim's emoji app) cry-face art, splashed on everything from phone covers to sweatshirts to wrapping paper.

What Kim said: "I invited all these people to this huge wedding and flew everyone out, wasted everyone's time and everyone's money, everyone's everything and I feel bad."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 23, 2020, with the headline 'Hard to forget the Kardashians'. Print Edition | Subscribe