Kourtney Kardashian has quit filming her family’s reality television show, Keeping Up With the Kardashians, and the mom of three isn’t looking back.
She surprised followers on Thursday when she tweeted that, unlike her sisters, she would not be tweeting about the show that night. She wrote, “I won’t be live tweeting #KUWTK tonight, as I’m spending time with my kids while they are on spring break. I realize that a lot of the conversation right now surrounds my work ethic, and I feel like I need to just make one thing clear: raising children is a job as well.”
Kourtney has been dealing with a fair bit of blowback for the last two or three seasons of the show, ever since her sisters began implying and then outright saying that Kourtney wasn’t keeping up her fair share of the work that goes into producing the series.
Now, it seems, Kourtney is ready to tell her side of the story.
Kourtney went on to write, “In fact, it’s the hardest and most rewarding job that I have ever had. I’ve decided to put my focus on my kids and my lifestyle brand, Poosh, which is all about finding YOUR healthy balance for living your best life. I don’t judge anyone who chooses a different route, and I hope that everyone can appreciate my choices as well.”
Celebrity moms also have to balance a lot of different things, just like their non-celebrity counterparts. Kourtney has also spoken about how important raising her kids is to her, and she’s been clear that her children are her main focus. She also wants more time to focus on her lifestyle site, Poosh, which she launched in 2019.
Kourtney and her ex-boyfriend, Scott Disick, have three kids together: Mason, Penelope, and Reign. Kourtney and Scott share custody of the kids, and they have worked to make sure that they have a really strong co-parenting bond. The two have cited Kourtney’s parents, Kris Jenner and the late Robert Kardashian Sr., as co-parenting role models.
The season premiere of Keeping Up With the Kardashians was definitely dramatic. Kourtney and Kim got into a verbal argument while discussing Kourtney’s boundaries, and that argument turned into a full-fledged physical fight. Kim accused Kourtney of not having any work ethic, which really upset Kourtney.
While speaking to Jimmy Fallon via video chat, Kim explained that the fight reverberated throughout the whole family and crew. “We shut down production for a week after that. I think everyone was really shook for a minute and just was like, ‘This isn’t our type of show. We want everyone to be comfortable and safe.’”
But Kim didn’t seem to really understand where Kourtney was coming from, and instead she implied that there were other reasons why she’s not doing the show. “I feel like it’s been a lot of built-up resentment from Kourtney, or just feeling like she doesn’t really want to film anymore.”
Kourtney has said that her sisters and family aren’t particularly receptive to her. “I don’t understand why there’s all this judgment about the way we each want to live our lives. We should be accepted for what we each want to do. It’s not a positive environment for me to want to be in every day when I feel like they’re so critical of me.”
She added, “Every day I’m coming in, I’m like, ‘Why am I choosing to be in this environment?’ And I think I just reached my point of not being able to tolerate it anymore.”
In the premiere, Kourtney also said, “I feel like I’m on this hamster wheel and it’s just not something I can continue to do. I’ve decided to take a big step back from filming and really just pick and choose what I will allow cameras to follow.”
Even though their television show is the foundation that the family has built the rest of their very successful enterprises off of, it’s still perfectly fine for Kourtney to walk away from it. Her sisters may feel left behind, but no one should be forced into choosing to do something they don’t want to do, especially if they don’t feel safe or supported while doing so.
Kim also shared that when Kris Jenner saw the clip, she was really upset. “I mean, when my mom saw a clip of that, she cried. She was like, ‘Who are you guys? What is going on?'”
Kim also said she felt like she was put into an unsafe position also. “But, you know, that happened. And I don’t really ever resort to violence like that, but she scratched me so hard … I was bleeding. You didn’t really get to see that detail, but when I looked down at my arm and I saw she had really scratched me. … I just went over and slapped her back. It’s not my proudest moment, but we were going through it.”
Kourtney addressed the drama of the first two episodes on her Instagram as well. “The season [premiere] of season 18 airs tonight on E!. These first two episodes are hard for me to watch but it is in our darker moments that the growth happens. I finally had the courage to change what was no longer bringing me happiness and putting my time and energy into that which is. Choose happiness!”