The Kardashians cancel their annual Christmas Eve party for the 1st time since 1978 after facing backlash for saying it was still happening this year

Kevin Mazur / Getty ImagesThe Kardashian-Jenner sisters are the stars of ‘Keeping Up With the Kardashians.’
  • The Kardashian-Jenner family has cancelled their annual Christmas Eve bash for the first time in over 40 years due to the pandemic, Khloe Kardashian revealed via Twitter on Sunday.
  • “The Covid cases are getting out of control in CA. So we decided that we’re not doing a Christmas Eve party this year. It’s the first time we will not be having a Christmas Eve party since 1978,” she wrote.
  • Khloe continued: “Health and safety first though! Taking this pandemic seriously is a must.”
  • The announcement comes weeks after the reality star received backlash for saying the family was planning on having a “small and safe” version of the party with rapid COVID-19 testing available for guests.
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For the first time in over 40 years, the annual Kardashian-Jenner Christmas extravaganza has been cancelled.

After a fan asked Khloe Kardashian if her family was still having the party via Twitter on Sunday, the reality star revealed that the family decided to call off the event due to growing number of novel coronavirus cases in California.

“The Covid cases are getting out of control in CA. So we decided that we’re not doing a Christmas Eve party this year. It’s the first time we will not be having a Christmas Eve party since 1978,” she wrote.

Khloe added: “Health and safety first though! Taking this pandemic seriously is a must.”

Per California State Government’s website, there was a total of 1,341,700 COVID-19 cases in California as of Sunday, a 2.3% increase from the day prior.

And as the case count in California has climbed, state officials announced a new round of regional stay-at-home orders as hospitals’ intensive care units reach capacity.

Given the recent spike in COVID-19 cases, “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” fans have wondered whether the family would skip their holiday gathering.

On November 9, Khloe told a fan that the family was thinking of having a “small and safe” version of the event with rapid COVID-19 testing for guests, leading to a wave of backlash.

“I think it will have to be way smaller obviously. And I’m totally fine with that! But we’re definitely celebrating Christmas! It will just have to be small and safe. Maybe do rapid testing before We have to think of what is safest,” she tweeted.

Knowing that the Kardashian-Jenner family tends to invite a large group to the event and spare no expense (Kourtney Kardashian reportedly spent an estimated $US440,000 on the 2019 event and Kim Kardashian West shelled out an estimated $US1.3 million the year prior), people were angered that they were still having the party and using tests for their friends.

Even though the family ended up cancelling this year’s Christmas party, they found themselves in hot water in early November after Kendall Jenner threw a crowded 25th birthday party where few guests appeared to wear masks.

Kris Jenner, Kendall’s mother, defended the supermodel and said all of the party-goers were tested before attending the event on an episode of SiriusXM’s “Andy Cohen Live.”

“We’re dealing with lots of people that have different opinions and all we can do is live our lives the best way we know how, and be responsible and do the right thing,” she said.

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