'Keeping Up With The Kardashians' Production Is Reportedly On Hold After Kanye West's Hospitalization — UPDATE
It goes without saying that the past few months have been difficult for the Kardashian-West family, and after everything they've been through, it sounds like they're planning to stay off camera for awhile. Following Kanye West's hospitalization for exhaustion last week, a new report claims that production of Keeping Up With The Kardashians has been shut down, and it could be awhile before filming resumes again — if ever. Bustle has reached out to E! and Kardashian's rep for comment but did not yet hear back at time of publication. Update: An E! spokesperson tells Bustle, "Keeping Up with the Kardashians is currently in production and has not been halted."
Earlier: And according to TMZ, West's medical situation is only part of the reason for the delay. Reportedly, Kardashian is still struggling with post-robbery life so much that the crew didn't expect to get much footage for the rest of the year anyway. The halt on filming is reportedly expected to last through the rest of 2016 and could stretch even longer depending on what the family decides to do at that time. However, the site claims that the network still has plenty of footage to fill the next season of KUWTK, even without filming anything in December at all, so it does sound like new episodes will air as planned in 2017.
Production on the show has already shut down once this year, shortly after Kardashian's attack in France. However, it resumed just weeks later, with conflicting reports on how involved she was to be in the filming. But now, TMZ reports that Kardashian is "rethinking everything."
Obviously, it's troubling to hear that West's condition could be bad enough to shut down KUWTK, but his wellbeing comes first. Here's hoping he has a speedy recovery — and that 2017 is much better to him and Kardashian than 2016 was.