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Kardashian reality show shut down again

Kanye West’s hospitalisation has put a damper on things, with Kim ‘rethinking everything’

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Kanye West, Kim Kardashian and Kourtney Kardashian attending the Off-white 2017 Spring/Summer ready-to-wear collection fashion show in Paris.

Less than two months after Kim Kardashian’s shock robbery in Paris, production of the money-spinning reality show Keeping Up With the Kardashian has been shut down for the second time.

TMZ has reported that Kanye West’s hospitalisation is to blame for the decision. The website’s source says Kim is ‘rethinking everything’, and because she has been in such a bad shape since the October 3 incident there was no real hope of shooting anything through December.

The series will continue though, the source added.

Despite rumours that West would check out after the holiday weekend under the care of his personal physician, people “with direct knowledge of the situation” told TMZ on Monday that West still wasn’t stable enough leave Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Centre in Los Angeles.

While a West rep had no official update on the rapper’s status early that day, insiders’ clues have been filling in some of the blanks.

Sources involved with the situation told the Los Angeles Times last week that it had taken two hours to persuade Yeezy to agree to hospitalisation — ostensibly for dehydration and sleep deprivation. Since he’s been there, sources told TMZ, he’s also dealt with depression and paranoia.

Apparently, support from wife Kardashian has been West’s secret weapon for a while now, and her absence from his Saint Pablo Tour while she dealt with the aftermath of a life-threatening armed robbery in early October had made a major difference.

“This has been going on for years,” a source told People on Monday. “In the past when Kanye seemed to struggle, no one took it too seriously. The attitude was more like it was just Kanye being Kanye.”

Sans Kardashian, however, he “wasn’t able to snap back,” the source said.

Last week, an insider had explained to People that West was “used to leaning on her. Since Kim has had her own issues to deal with, the roles have been reversed. Kanye has had to stay strong to support Kim, and it’s like he can’t handle it anymore.”

In the days before his hospitalisation, West cut one show short after three songs and a rant, and then cancelled his tour’s remaining dates.

The robbery “did a number on him as much as Kim,” an insider told Us Weekly. “The mere thought that anything could happen to her sent him in a tailspin. He wasn’t sleeping and he was having nightmares about it.”

Kardashian has reportedly been by West’s side nearly non-stop since she jetted home from New York City a week ago, skipping what was to have been her first public appearance since the robbery. The couple have two children, daughter North and son Saint.

As people sent flowers and made calls to her husband, Kardashian was “being very careful about not letting him get wound up and making sure he rests and recovers,” a source close to West told Us Weekly on Sunday. She’d even been lying by his side and helping to feed him, the source said.

She reportedly spent most of Thanksgiving with West before heading out for dinner at sister Kylie Jenner’s place, where the rest of the family had gathered for the holiday.

Said the Us Weekly source, “Kim wouldn’t leave his side except to see the kids.”