kim kardashianShe's talked about it forever. She's teased us with the notion in countless interviews. But Kim Kardashian has officially made it ... official: She's leaving Keeping Up With the Kardashians. I know. Big news. Huge. Ahhh, this is crazy! Okay. Focus. Here's how the announcement went down:

Kim did a spread and interview for DuJour magazine, where she confirmed that the ninth season will be her last. (The eighth season airs in June, and then one more after that -- thank god.) She said: "I think there's always an evolution of, you know, what you want to do in life. It's all about finding things that really excite you and motivate you and spark you all over again. My boyfriend has taught me a lot about privacy. I'm ready to be a little less open about some things, like my relationships. I'm realizing everyone doesn't need to know everything. I'm shifting my priorities."

Wow. She's really doing it. And it sounds like Kanye's the one who convinced her. Good for him. But ... what about us?

As annoying and ridiculous as Kim can be -- and as easy as it is to make a punchline out of her -- I've gotta say: This is weird. Of course, all of this is in the beginning phase, and who knows if what she's saying will even stick? But if it does, it's the end of a highly-addictive, seriously low-brow era.

I'm sure Kim leaving KUWTK won't mean the end of Kim in the public eye completely. I mean, she's a personality. If she wants to work, she kind of has no choice. But it'll certainly be a little odd to not have E! permanently airing something with her in it.

When I first started out at The Stir, I couldn't stand Kim. I rarely wrote about her. (And, in all fairness, she wasn't quite as popular as she is today.) But now, I (embarrassingly) actually watch the show. I know what's going on with the woman at pretty much all times. And, I don't know, she's become like the annoying little sister I don't really want to leave my room. I kind of want her to stay. She's fun. She's entertaining. And when I've had a long day of working/commuting/mommying, she's not a bad thing to zone out to on the couch.

With her being pregnant and starting a new chapter of her life, I certainly don't think it's a bad thing if she leaves the reality world for a while. It's clearly what would be best for her family. And I may even regain a few brain cells with her out of the spotlight. But I'd be lying if I said I won't miss her. She was what I watched when I nursed my daughter in the middle of the night!

Well, we've got her for a little while longer, so let's enjoy and keep doing what we do. And right now I'm feeling a little sentimental about ol' Kim, so I just want to say this: Congrats. Seems like you'll be a pretty great mom.

Will you be sad to see Kim leave reality TV?

 

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