Fans of Keeping Up With The Kardashians were shocked when they found out that Kourtney Kardashian would be taking a step back from the reality series to focus on her children.
“I just decided to spend more time as a mom and put more of my energy there. But I’m not saying goodbye. But I think you’ll have to see more of it on the new season, season 18. It isn’t airing yet, but it’s being filmed. Currently, in this room.”
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At the time, Khloe assured people that Kourtney was not gone for good.
“We definitely love Kourtney and we will miss Kourtney and whatever she decides to do, but people come, people go all the time in this family. We feel like it’s a revolving door, so Kourtney might leave this week, she’ll be back. They all come back.”
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However, the conflicts between Kim and Kourtney have escalated, leading some to wonder if Kim had something to do with Kourtney exiting the show. She has expressed her frustration with Kourtney’s reticence to sharing her personal life onscreen in the past.
“Kourtney spends a lot of time off camera. She won’t talk about her relationship, but you’ll see paparazzi photos of her and her guy that I can’t say his name on the show because Kourtney doesn’t want to. I’ll see things or read about it online and wonder like, did this really happen? Is she talking to this person? And realize that it’s true, but she’s so secretive with us that she won’t even tell us.”
However, a source told People that Kim doesn’t have that kind of power.
“Kim, Kourtney and Khloé have equal contracts and equal responsibilities. Kim and Khloe both feel they are being very honest and share things on the show that makes them feel vulnerable. It really bugs them that Kourtney plays by other rules. Kim and Kourtney, just in general, often have issues. Kim is very influential when it comes to their whole business empire, but she still can’t fire Kourtney.”
Khloe also touched on this on Twitter, saying:
“We aren’t forcing anybody to film but when you sign a contract you have to hold up your end of your obligations. That’s what sucks. You can’t stop something midway or if you want to there has to be a dialogue about it. Can’t just dip on us.”
Kourtney has expressed her desire to leave the show on a number of occasions, including when she told Paper Magazine that she would be “very happy” if the cameras turned off forever.
“I always say I want to move away someday and just be away from it all. Sail away. No one will ever see me again…I keep throwing up different places, but then I’ll go there to visit and I’ll be like, ‘Nope, this isn’t it, but glad I came.’ We’ve just been to Finland. And I was like, ‘Check, it’s great for me to visit, but I’m not going to move there.’ Maybe Norway. Switzerland? I’ve got a lot of ideas.”