When a reality show is axed by its network, more often than not, low ratings are the primary (or only) reason behind the decision.
But what happens when the brightest star in a TV empire’s galaxy decides she can no longer continue with the series for a reason as solid as her own safety?
The Kardashian clan may soon find out the answer to that question.
As you’ve likely heard by now, Kim Kardashian was robbed at gun point in Paris on Sunday night.
The television and social media icon was asleep in her hotel room when she was awakened by five armed bandits disguised as police officers.
The thieves – who are still at large – reportedly made off with an estimated $10 million in jewelry.
According to the 35-year-old mother of two, the assailants put tape over her mouth and held a gun to her head.
Kim says she feared she’d be rape, and was certain at one point that she would be murdered.
Thankfully, she wasn’t harmed, and her two children were not present for the terrifying ordeal.
Frighteningly, investigators believe the robbery was an inside job.
According to Us Weekly, Kim is now on her way back to Los Angeles after a brief stopover in New York City.
She’s told her inner circle that she plans to keep a lower profile on social media, and thus far, it seems she’s sticking to that strategy.
Kim hasn’t posted anything on Twitter or Instagram in four days, a lifetime for a woman who makes her living largely on social media.
Her husband, Kanye West, has rescheduled concerts that were supposed to take place in Detroit and Philadelphia this week.
But perhaps the precaution that says the most about how seriously Kim is taking the threat to her security?
That signal relates direcgtly to the show that launched her to stardom and helped turn her into a household name:
Insiders say filming for Keeping Up With the Kardashians has been delayed indefinitely in light of recent events.
There’s no word on when shooting will resume, but it’s already been delayed for at least the next two weeks.
At this point, the show will require a longer hiatus than usual before it returns with new episodes, and many are wondering if it might be over for good.
As the central star star and an executive producer of the series, Kim is in the unique position of being able to cancel her own show.
She certainly doesn’t need the money at this stage in her career, and no one would blame her if she decided she values her family’s safety.
Compared to more airtime on E! after so many years and so many millions already banked, how could Kim possibly be criticized for that?
There are sure to be spinoffs for her famous sisters, and sources say there’s already enough extant footage for a final, truncated season.
But after that, some insiders believe, it very well could be the end for one of the most successful and long-running TV juggernauts.
Follow the link to watch Keeping Up With the Kardashians online to get caught up in time for what may be the final episodes.
Then tell us: Is this the end for Kim and company?
Should it be? Or will Kris Jenner never let it go?
Hit the comments below to discuss your predictions, opinions, thoughts and feelings on the most buzzed-about reality show of all time.