Are you sick of Keeping Up With the Kardashians? Join the club. More than 140,000 people have signed an online petition in recent weeks asking E! to take the family off the air once and for all.
The “No More Kardashians” petition was launched on November 2 by Cyndy Snider, who writes, “We are respectfully requesting that your network find other shows to air. Keeping up with the Kardashians is just not viewing that we, the public, would like to see from your network. Enough is enough.”
The Kardashian family has been the shining star in E!’s reality-TV lineup since its premiere in 2007. While the family has come under increased scrutiny in recent weeks due to Kim’s 72-day marriage to basketball player Kris Humphries, which many people believe was literally made for TV, something tells us that E! won’t be quick to pull the plug on its Kardashian Kash Kows.
With six seasons of Keeping Up With the Kardashians under their belts — as well as three spin-off shows: Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami, Kourtney and Kim Take New York and Khloe and Lamar — the K-friendly family’s shows are consistently successful, bringing in millions of viewers (plus plenty of ad dollars) for each episode. Not to mention that the ultimate Kardashian event, Kim’s (not so) Fairytale Wedding, was E!’s most-watched show ever, drawing in an obscene 10.5 million viewers for the two-part show.
But the petitioners don’t care about things like advertising and viewership — they just want the Kardashians out of the spotlight. “We feel that these shows are mostly staged and place an emphasis on vanity, greed, promiscuity, vulgarity and over-the-top conspicuous consumption,” Snider told Yahoo News. Ouch.
No word yet from E! or the Kardashians on the petition, but judging by their uncanny ability to take any press opportunity that comes along, we’re sure it won’t be long until someone from the Kardashian Klan tweets their disapproval. After all, they do have a show to promote.