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Fans of the Kardashian / Jenner-filled hit Keeping Up with the Kardashians were left with a quarantine cliffhanger a few months ago, as the reality show had to stop filming for several weeks when our current health crisis hit. While they've been able to resume filming for quite a while, now that Kim Kardashian's husband, Kanye West, has been going through a very public health crisis of his own and displayed a lot of disturbing behavior, we're hearing that none of it will be shown when the series returns to E! in September, and, we know why.
According to a new report from TMZ, even though the large extended family is still filming their daily lives in quarantine, we will absolutely not get any inside looks at how Kanye West is behaving at home right now, and it's because Kim Kardashian made the decision to not focus on his current mental health for the show. From what sources close to the production of Keeping Up with the Kardashians told the outlet, Kardashian made this choice as soon as it was clear that West was having trouble, and let producers know she would not allow it to be used as a storyline for the upcoming episodes.
While Kanye West's current behavior might seem as though it's something too big and public for the series to ignore, we know that Kim Kardashian takes his very real mental health issues seriously. After West announced he was running for president this year, and launched into a series of controversial interviews, public appearances and Twitter outbursts, Kardashian decided to speak out about her husband's mental condition for the first time, and posted an appeal on Instagram where she asked the public for "the compassion and empathy that is needed so that we can get through this," also saying, in part:
As many of you know, Kanye has bi-polar disorder. Anyone who has this or has a loved one in their life who does, knows how incredibly complicated and painful it is to understand. I’ve never spoken publicly about how this has affected us at home because I am very protective of our children and Kanye’s right to privacy when it comes to his health. But today, I feel like I should comment about it because of the stigma and misconceptions about mental health.
In her statement, Kardashian went on to say that much understanding is needed, because West's family is "powerless" because he's not a minor, and even as they've tried to get help for him, he has to seek assistance on his own or not much will come of the family's efforts.
As she noted above, part of the reason Kardashian hasn't really talked about West's diagnosis before is because she's, understandably, protective of both her husband and their children, especially when it comes to this delicate and difficult matter. And, her desire to protect her family is a large contributor to why she doesn't want West's recent behavior exploited for ratings or reality show-style drama, because the issues he's currently having go much deeper than that. Kardashian also told production that they were not to profile any of her kids during this time, because she doesn't want them to be faced with such footage when they're older.
While fans may want to see how the family is working through this on the show, it's clear that Kim Kardashian is doing what she thinks is best for herself, her children and Kanye West right now, as they try to navigate this troubling time in their personal lives. Keeping Up with the Kardashians is set to return in September, but you can check out what's on right now with our summer TV premiere guide.