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Paris Hilton on Kardashians' final season: They can 'enjoy the empires' they've built

Melody Hahm
·West Coast Correspondent

Paris Hilton was a pioneer in reality television, co-starring in "The Simple Life” with Nicole Richie from 2003 to 2007, long before any of the “Real Housewives” or cast of “Selling Sunset” came onto the silver screen. The premise of “The Simple Life” was to show how two out-of-touch, trust fund party girls could adjust to humble living as farmhands, fast food workers, and camp counselors.

During that time, Hilton’s personal assistant and stylist, Kim Kardashian (now West) became an iconic fixture in socialite culture. Almost as if she were passing on the baton, the Kardashian-Jenner family got their own show, “Keeping Up With the Kardashians,” in 2007.

Last week, Kim Kardashian West announced that after 14 years and 20 seasons, the iconic show would be coming to an end. The 21st and final season will air early 2021.

Hilton believes it’s a logical time for the family to take a break from the show.

U.S. socialite Paris Hilton, left, walks with her friend Kim Kardashian through the crowd at the Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich, southern Germany, Monday, Sept. 25, 2006. (AP Photo/Diether Endlicher)
U.S. socialite Paris Hilton, left, walks with her friend Kim Kardashian through the crowd at the Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich, southern Germany, Monday, Sept. 25, 2006. (AP Photo/Diether Endlicher)

“Well, I think after 20 seasons, they were probably like, ‘Let's just enjoy the empires that we've built.’ And they have, all have beautiful families and children now. So I haven't spoken to them, so I'm not sure why they did. But I'm assuming that after doing it for 20 seasons and created such huge empires, they probably just want to focus on that and enjoy their lives,” she told Yahoo Finance.

The Kardashian-Jenner clan has a burgeoning portfolio of makeup products with Coty (COTY), and in addition to Kardashian West’s shapewear line SKIMS, she is reportedly planning to launch a skincare line and home goods brand.

Last year, the two reunited for the music video for Hilton’s song, "My Best Friend's Ass.” Hilton told Yahoo Finance that the longtime friends have “some surprises coming up soon.”

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - Jonathan Cheban, Paris Hilton, Winnie Harlow, Kim Kardashian West and Winnie Harlow attend KKW Beauty KKWxWinnie dinner at L'Avenue in Saks Fifth Avenue on September 12, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for KKW Beauty)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - Jonathan Cheban, Paris Hilton, Winnie Harlow, Kim Kardashian West and Winnie Harlow attend KKW Beauty KKWxWinnie dinner at L'Avenue in Saks Fifth Avenue on September 12, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for KKW Beauty)

Meanwhile, Paris Hilton is attempting to reshape her legacy with her new documentary, “This is Paris,” out on YouTube today.

Referring to her clothing, perfume and makeup line, in addition to her career as a DJ, Hilton says, “I feel that if people don't know about what I've done in business. They assume that I'm just that airhead character I was playing on ‘The Simple Life,’ and that's not what I want my legacy to be. I want to be respected for what I've achieved,” she said.

Melody Hahm is Yahoo Finance’s West Coast correspondent, covering entrepreneurship, technology and culture. Follow her on Twitter @melodyhahm.

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