The E! network Tuesday dismissed reports that its reality show “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” had suspended production due to Kanye West’s hospitalization and his wife Kim Kardashian spending much time with him.
“ ‘Keeping Up with the Kardashians’ is currently in production and has not been halted,” an E! spokeswoman told Newsday.
TMZ.com had reported Tuesday that the show — which already halted and resumed production once this season in the wake of Kardashian being robbed in Paris in early October — had taken a break, which the site said would last through the end of the year or longer. TMZ added that producers Bunim/Murray Productions and Ryan Seacrest Productions have enough footage banked to fulfill their obligations for a full season. The show’s 12th season premiered in May and has run through Nov. 20 so far, with several weeks’ hiatus in early fall. E! has not announced when the season will resume following its current winter break. The network has renewed the show for a 13th season.
Kardashian, 36, has remained largely at West’s bedside, according to multiple reports. People magazine said Tuesday that the couple’s two children — daughter North, 3, and son Saint, who turns 1 on Dec. 5 — have not yet visited rapper West, 39, at the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA Medical Center.
On Nov. 19, West had arrived late to a Sacramento concert, and shortly after it began launched into a stream-of-consciousness tirade before leaving the stage and cutting short the show. He soon canceled the remainder of his Saint Pablo Tour, which had been set to conclude Dec. 30 and 31 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.
Two days after the concert, he was hospitalized on what a police report said was a 5150 psychiatric hold, referring to section 5150 of the California Welfare and Institutions Code. Under this, someone exhibiting a “mental disorder” or who is “gravely disabled” may be taken to a medical facility “for 72-hour treatment and evaluation.” Anonymous sources have disputed the report, claiming that while West was hospitalized as a “psychiatric emergency” due to sleep deprivation and dehydration, it was not a 5150 hold.