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BBC News under fire after calling Caitlyn Jenner ‘Bruce’ while reporting on the end of KUWTK

BBC News has been criticised for calling Caitlyn Jenner “Bruce” in a report about the end of reality series Keeping Up With The Kardashians.

The article, which has since been amended, “deadnamed” Caitlyn by referring to her pre-transition name.

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It had read: “It eventually brought in ‘momager’ Kris Jenner, her now ex-husband Bruce Jenner – then the only famous figure in the show, as an Olympic gold medal-winning decathlete – and half sisters Kylie and Kendall Jenner.”

It was picked up by some readers who urged the corporation to correct the error.

One wrote on Twitter: “[email protected] in a recent article you misspelled the name of Caitlyn Jenner, referred to her as an ‘ex-husband”‘ and used her former name. You should correct these mistakes.”

While another posted: “Dear @BBCNews – Look, I don’t like Caitlyn Jenner and I think she’s a toilet person, but there is still zero justification for deadnaming her in your article about the end of Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Be better than this.”

[email protected] in a recent article you misspelled the name of Caitlyn Jenner, referred to her as an “ex-husband”, and used her former name. You should correct these mistakes.

Dear @BBCNews – Look, I don’t like Caitlyn Jenner and I think she’s a toilet person, but there is still zero justification for deadnaming her in your article about the end of Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Be better than this.

Caitlyn was known as Bruce until she transitioned in 2015 and has always openly referenced her past name in interviews.

The former gold-medal-winning Olympian secretly spent her whole life battling gender dysphoria, and had wanted to transition by the age of 40.

She has been married three times (Chrystie Scott, Linda Thompson and Kris Jenner) and has six biological children (Burt, Cassandra, Brandon, Brody, Kendall and Kylie).

When she began a relationship with Kris in 1990, Caitlyn had already been on hormone therapy for more than four years.

The Kardashian matriarch was aware, but Caitlyn previously suggested Kris might have wanted to “fix” her.

Speaking to the Guardian in 2017, she said: “A lot of women have that can-do attitude and think I can fix this guy. And I wanted to be fixed, to be honest with you. I wanted to get back into work.

“We paired up and were a great team. It was 23 years of my life. We raised wonderful children. She was an extraordinary good business person.

“I owe her a debt of gratitude for getting me out of this hole and getting me back working. It was a very mutual decision to split. I didn’t leave to go transition.”

Last night Kim Kardashian confirmed KUWTK, which Caitlyn starred in for a decade, was coming to an end.

She announced the shock news on Instagram, writing that it was with “heavy hearts” that they made the “difficult decision as a family to say goodbye to Keeping Up with the Kardashians.”

She shared: “After what will be 14 years, 20 seasons, hundreds of episodes and numerous spin-off shows, we are beyond grateful to all of you who’ve watched us for all of these years – through the good times, the bad times, the happiness, the tears, and the many relationships and children. We’ll forever cherish the wonderful memories and countless people we’ve met along the way.

“Thank you to the thousands of individuals and businesses that have been a part of this experience and, most importantly, a very special thank you to Ryan Seacrest for believing in us, E! for being our partner, and our production team at Bunim/Murray, who’ve spent countless hours documenting our lives.

“Our last season will air early next year in 2021.”

She added: “Without Keeping Up with The Kardashians, I wouldn’t be where I am today. I am so incredibly grateful to everyone who has watched and supported me and my family these past 14 incredible years.

“This show made us who we are and I will be forever in debt to everyone who played a role in shaping our careers and changing our lives forever.”

The Kardashian family shared the same statement, with Khloe writing: “I am so grateful and thankful to everyone who has supported us and been there through it all.

“I’m too emotional to fully express myself at the moment. My sappy post will come soon. Change is hard but also needed at times. I love you all. Thank you for the memories!”

Eldest Kardashian sister Kourtney, who in recent years has stepped back from the show, shared Kim’s post and simply added: “I will gather my thoughts and share them in a bit.”

One of the longest running reality TV series, Keeping Up with the Kardashians airs on the E! cable network.

The series debuted on October 14, 2007 and focused on the personal and professional lives of the Kardashian–Jenner blended family, led by matriarch Kris Jenner.

Over 14 years, fans have seen the family go through heartbreak and tragedy, fall in and out of love, and stick together through it all as a family.

Kim’s marriages to Kris Humphries and later Kanye West were both aired, as well as the births of her four children.

Fans saw Kourtney and Scott Disick welcome three children, as well as enjoy an off-and-on romance before ending it for good several years ago.

Kendall and Kylie Jenner were both pre-teens when the show first aired, and viewers have seen them grow up and watched Kendall became a hugely successful runway model and Kylie become a multi-millionaire businesswoman.

Khloe’s decision to divorce Lamar Odom and his subsequent overdose in a Nevada brothel all aired, along with her romance with Tristan Thompson and his cheating scandals.

Younger brother Rob appeared in the early seasons but stepped back in later seasons, as he battled health problems.

In recent months Kim has been privately battling husband Kanye’s mental health breakdown.

The rapper, who has been diagnosed with bipolar, has launched a surprise presidential campaign and made a number of shocking – and highly personal – statements.

At one event he broke down in tears at a campaign event for his presidential bid and alleged that Kim wanted to abort their eldest daughter.

An insider told The Sun at the time that reality star Kim, 39 wants to keep her marriage and family together – but doesn’t know how much more she can take.

The source told The Sun: “Kanye’s friends and family are concerned about him. They have seen this erratic behavior before and ultimately fear a breakdown.

“They can only describe Kanye’s current situation as a ticking time bomb.”

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