Well, all good things must come to an end — and the same can be said of the Kardashian family empire. Although they've dominated headlines for more than a decade, it seems their wave of popularity might be waning. Hollywood certainly doesn't seem to be as interested in the Kardashians as the Kardashians are interested in themselves. So what gives? Why is Hollywood no longer interested in the Kardashian clan anymore?

 

 

 

The Kardashian clan were reality queens during the early seasons of their E! show Keeping Up With The Kardashians. But things have changed in recent years, as KUWTK ratings continue to hit new lows. The most recent season saw a record ratings low for the series. According to Page Six, the ratings situation became so dire last year, that E! hoped to branch into daytime television to make up for lost viewership.

 

 

With E! spending millions of dollars to keep the Kardashians on the air, and the Kardashians failing to pull in the numbers, it might not be long before the family is unceremoniously dropped by the network.

 

 


The Kardashian family might be remembered as the most famous collection of eyesores in celebrity history thanks to their decade-long love affair with the limelight. The family's TV show, social media accounts, party hosting gigs, modeling gigs, scandals and drama mean they're at a level of overexposure that few other celebrities have managed to achieve — and sustain. The consequence of such overexposure? Backlash is inevitable.

 

 

The public wasn't as sympathetic as some might expect after mom Kim Kardashian was held at gunpoint in Paris the event even inspired a tasteless Halloween costume.

 

 


Infidelity is never a good look, and the Kardashian-Jenner clan seem to have a knack for ending up in relationships that started in the middle of someone else's. Case in point: Kim Kardashian's marriage to rapper Kanye West. TMZ claims Kim's ex Kris Humphries had his suspicions about how close Kanye was to his then-wife due to his decision not to attend their wedding. The fact that Kim and Kanye began dating immediately after they broke up reportedly left him "devastated."

 

 

In Kim's own words, she didn't actively pursue a relationship with Kanye West until after she'd left Kris Humphries behind. "When I first met him, we worked on a project together and there was definitely a spark, but we were in other relationships and we kept our distance, and that was that." However, she seems to contradict herself. In Kim's book Selfie, she admitted to texting Kanye West in 2010. That same year, Kanye West broke up with Amber Rose, who claimed in an exclusive interview with Star Magazine (via Radar Online) one of the main reasons she left the rapper was due to interference by Kim Kardashian.

 

 

Allegedly, Kim Kardashian relentlessly "sexted" Kanye West — even after Amber Rose asked her to stop. "She was sending pictures, and I was like, 'Kim, just stop. Don't be that person.' I thought at least she'd be woman enough to respond to me. She never responded."

 

 

It seemed like deja vu all over again when rapper Tyga left Blac Chyna and hooked up with Kylie Jenner.

 

 

But perhaps the biggest eyebrow raiser in the Kardashian family is Khloe. Despite the fact that she is still technically married to NBA player Lamar Odom, despite currently dating Tristan Thompson.

 

 

With most of the public hating current president Donald Trump, it wasn't a good look for the Kardashians to have family members praising the controversial political figure. Kim Kardashian's husband Kanye West not only admitted that he didn't vote, but went on to admit, "if I would've voted, I would've voted for Trump." West doubled down on his pro-Trump stance by meeting with the president in front of cameras.

 

 

Caitlyn Jenner attended Trump's inauguration, defending the decision by claiming on Twitter that Republicans need help understanding LGBTQ issues."

 

 

Jenner, who is a Republican, might have to rethink her political stance as CNN reports Trump's administration "withdrew Obama-era guidance on transgender bathroom use in public schools." In a video message, Jenner asks that Trump "call her," because the policy reversal "is a disaster."

 

 

The real "disaster" might be having the Kardashian family forever linked to a president who many feel is using his power to actively discriminate against vulnerable populations.


Kanye West seemed to be pretty close to both singer Beyoncé Knowles-Carter and rapper Jay Z prior to going public with his relationship with Kim Kardashian. However, it became pretty obvious over time that Beyoncé wasn't interested in getting too chummy with the Kardashians. The first big hint came when Beyoncé and Jay Z failed to turn up for Kanye and Kim's wedding.

 

 

The Kardashians even went through the trouble of creating a marble engraving with the power couple's names on it. Kim's mom Kris Jenner overlooked the alleged snub, saying she assumed the A-list couple was "too busy" to attend. For the record, Beyoncé and Jay Z decided to take a trip to the Hamptons instead.

 

 

At first, not much was said on the notable decrease in photo ops featuring the two celebrity couples. However, that all changed when Kanye West went on an emotional rant during one of his concerts. According to Vanity Fair, Kanye spoke about Jay Z during a Seattle concert, saying "Our kids have never even played together." He also felt upset at Jay-Z for not coming in person to check on Kim after her harrowing robbery incident.

 

 

A source reportedly told Page Six that Beyoncé is resisting the idea of her family having anything to do with the reality TV star. Said the source, "Beyoncé has never genuinely liked Kim. She's mostly tolerated her because of their husbands' friendship and [their] mutual friends, like Jennifer Lopez. She is always a little icy to Kim.

 

 

The last time they hung out, the minute Beyoncé could leave the conversation, she did. They always have lots of awkward pauses.

 

 

 

We may have overestimated just how big a splash Kim Kardashian actually made with her aptly named Kim Kardashian: Hollywood app. Business Insider hailed Kim's digital game for being "cute" and "addictive." Glu Mobile, the company behind the app, claimed the game generated $100 million in earnings in 2014 alone.

 

 

Forbes later reported the game earned $71.8 million in 2015. Despite these impressive numbers, interest in the app has since waned. Kim isn't the only member of the Kardiashian-Jenner clan the public has abandoned, as TechCrunch observed, "When the media buzz wore off, so did their App Store downloads. And that means revenue projections have been dropping as well.

 

 


If Beyoncé Knowles-Carter is wary of being linked to the Kardashians, it may be for a good reason. One of the main reasons we're still talking about the Kardashians is the family has a knack for doing and saying whatever is necessary to keep their names in the headlines.

 

 

Sometimes, that means milking their celebrity connections. Whether it's a friendship with Paris Hilton (if you can call it that) or dating an ex-boy band member, Kim Kardashian's early rise to fame involved being around the right people at the right time.

 

 

 

The Kardashians were even accused of milking Lamar Odom's hospitalization, with the New York Post  declaring, "As former NBA star Lamar Odom clings to life in a Las Vegas hospital, his soon-to-be ex-wife Khloé Kardashian and her clan have done what they do best: make the story all about them." A source told the Post,

 

 

 

"They walked into the hospital with cameras rolling. It was shocking, but hardly a surprise. They are all crying and pretending like they care." The idea that the Kardashians would use such an incident for publicity is certainly disturbing, and such accusations continue to pile up. That may be why the Hollywood elite wants nothing to do with this reality TV dynasty.


While the Kardashians might believe that any publicity is good publicity, that might not actually be true. The Kardashians seem to be increasingly either drawing negative publicity to keep themselves relevant. And that's not necessarily a good look. The first inkling of this came when Kim Kardashian was roundly mocked for moving to divorce Kris Humphries after being married for just 72 days.

 

 

 

However, the Kardashians have had to endure quite a bit of negative publicity recently, and to top it all off…the Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna fiasco. The idea that the Kardashians would use a tumultuous relationship where an infant child is involved to produce ratings for yet another reality TV spin-off is a terrible look for all involved. Not to mention that the public is growing weary of Rob and Chyna's on-again-off again love affair.

 

 

 

Although the Kardashian-Jenners stood up for Tyga's relationship with Kylie Jenner, it's hard to ignore the fact that the situation involved a 25-year-old rapper romancing a still 17-year-old girl. Tyga has known Jenner since the age of 14, and if that isn't creepy enough, Tyga practically admits to getting sexually involved with a then-underage Kylie Jenner in his rap song "Stimulated."

 

 

 

In the song, Tyga raps, "They say she young, I should've waited. She a big girl, dog, when she stimulated."

 

 

Their relationship drew criticism from all sides, including statements from Kanye West's ex-girlfriend Amber Rose. Said Rose, "Kylie's a baby. She needs to go to bed at 7 o'clock and relax. Tyga should be ashamed of himself.

 

 

To be fair, the Taylor Swift issue pre-dates Kanye West's involvement with Kim Kardashian. I mean, who hasn't seen the infamous footage of an intoxicated West snatching the mic from a startled Swift?

 

 

 

However, when Kanye West attempted to address the moment years later in a rap song called "Famous," Swift came after West for exploiting her without her permission. Kim Kardashian refused to sit idly by while she felt the country/pop singer was slandering her man. In a shady move for the ages, Kim Kardashian exposed Taylor Swift's alleged lies via Snapchat.

 

 

 

What's interesting about this? Although the internet seemed to be on Kim's side during the event, Swift seems to be recovering comparatively well after a rough few weeks in the summer of 2016, with focus shifting back to speculation about if and when the artist will release new music.

 

 

 

By comparison, Kardashian's public image took a turn for the worse in the fall of 2016. Matters could get worse if Taylor Swift takes a break from complaining about her exes to throw subtle digs at the Kardashian-Jenner family.

 

 

Sure the Kardashians attached themselves to accomplished partners over the years, but Kendall Jenner seems to be the only family member known for doing something with her life other than living a reality TV celebrity lifestyle. That aside… what exactly have the Kardashians contributed to society? It's not easy to point to a specific accomplishment or achievement aside from stretching their fifteen minutes of fame to the absolute limit.

 

 

 

It's not like the Kardashians are known for putting out (good) music, their expert writing ability, or breakout acting performances. That may be the ultimate reason why the Kardashians aren't too highly regarded among Hollywood celebrities — it might be hard for people who amassed fame through their own abilities and connections to tolerate less talented inviduals who are only in their space for the purpose of exploiting connections while contributing nothing worthwhile.

 

 

 

Perhaps if the Kardashians were collectively more talented, we might feel more sorry for them when their fifteen minutes of fame do finally run out.

 

 

Believe it or not, the best way for the Kardashians to hold on to their fame might be to give it up for a while. We've grown so accustomed to seeing them practically everywhere we look, we might actually miss them if they took a break from the limelight — maybe. There's only one way to find out, right?


 

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