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The Kardashians are looking fierce as ever in the promotional photo for Keeping Up With the Kardashians Season 9 (which drops January 19), but we can’t help but notice their numbers have dwindled!

While in past years almost the entire brood has featured in the promo pics, this time it’s a sister act (well, if you count momager Kris Jenner as an honorary sister). Gone are Bruce Jenner, Rob Kardashian, and Kourtney Kardashian’s baby daddy Scott Disick (as well as Kourt’s kids Penelope and Mason).


Credit: NBC Universal/Brian Bowen Smith/E! Photo: Keeping Up With The Kardashians Season 9 Promo

It’s just as well. These are, after all, the most photogenic members of this extended family (Brody Jenner excluded, that is). Dressed up in black and white with red all over, the photo seems to suggest we can expect a particularly sizzling season. (The headlines over the last few months are probably a bigger portent, to be honest.)

If we were to venture a guess as to why they went with the abridged version of the family here, we’d say it has a lot to do with Kris and Bruce’s separation, Khloe’s impending divorce, and Rob’s ongoing camera shyness.

As for the other missing players: Kim’s beau, Kanye West, would obviously never consent to doing the shoot himself or allowing their daughter North to pose for the pic. And we’re guessing since none of her sisters (or her mom) are accessorizing with a man or a baby, Kourtney’s following suit in solidarity.