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It’s Official: House Is Ending. Find Out When—and Why

Sad day for House fans! The producers of Fox’s longtime hit drama  have just issued a statement announcing that the series is coming to an  end.

Though rumors had been swirling Hugh  Laurie and Co. might be calling it quits, it’s now official.

So when will House end? And who’s to blame? Here’s what the  producers and network boss tell us…

Production on House will be shutting down after the eighth season,  which is airing now, so the season finale in May will be the very last episode  of the series.

According to Fox president Kevin Reilly, it is the producers  (and Laurie’s) decision to end the series, so this is not a cancellation by the  network. It has been rumored for months now that Laurie felt ready to move on  after this current season, and the producers also felt that they wanted the  series to go out on a creative high note.

Here are their just-released statements:

Statement from Fox President Kevin Reilly:

While it’s with much regret, and a lump in our throats, we respect the  decision Hugh, David [Shore] and Katie [Jacobs] have made. A true original on  the page and amazingly brought to life by Hugh Laurie, there is only one Dr.  House. For eight seasons, the entire House team has given us—and fans  around the world—some of the most compelling characters and affecting stories  ever seen on television. They have been creatively tenacious and collaborative  throughout this incredible run, and they are amongst the most superior talents  in the business. For all the above, we wholeheartedly thank them, and the fans  who have supported the show.

 

Statement from House Executive Producers  David Shore, Katie  Jacobs and Hugh Laurie:

After much deliberation, the producers of House M.D. have decided  that this season of the show, the 8th, should be the last. By April this year  they will have completed 177 episodes, which is about 175 more than anyone  expected back in 2004.

The decision to end the show now, or ever, is a painful one, as it risks  putting asunder hundreds of close friendships that have developed over the last  eight years—but also because the show itself has been a source of great pride to  everyone involved.

Since it began, House has aspired to offer a coherent and satisfying  world in which everlasting human questions of ethics and emotion, logic and  truth, could be examined, played out, and occasionally answered. This sounds  like fancy talk, but it really isn’t. House has, in its time, intrigued  audiences around the world in vast numbers, and has shown that there is a strong  appetite for television drama that relies on more than prettiness or gun  play.

But now that time is drawing to a close. The producers have always imagined  House as an enigmatic creature; he should never be the last one to leave the  party. How much better to disappear before the music stops, while there is still  some promise and mystique in the air.

The producers can never sufficiently express their gratitude to the hundreds  of dedicated artists and technicians who have given so generously of their  energy and talent to make House the show it has been—and perhaps will  continue to be for some time, on one cable network or another.

The makers of House would also like to thank Fox Broadcasting and  Universal Television for supporting the show with patience, imagination and  large quantities of good taste. The Studio-As-Evil-Adversary is one of the many  clichés that House has managed to avoid, and for that the cast and crew  are deeply grateful.

Lastly, the audience: Some have come and some have gone, obviously. This is  to be expected in the life of any show. But over the course of the last eight  years, the producers of House have felt immensely honored to be the  subject of such close attention by an intelligent, discriminating, humane and  thoughtful—not to mention numerous—audience. Even the show’s detractors have  been flattering in their way.

Making the show has felt like a lively and passionate discussion about as  many different subjects as could possibly be raised in 177 hours. The devotion  and generosity of our viewers has been marvelous to behold.

So, finally, everyone at House will bid farewell to the audience and  to each other with more than a few tears, but also with a deep feeling of  gratitude for the grand adventure they have been privileged to enjoy for the  last eight years. If the show lives on somewhere, with somebody, as a fond  memory, then that is a precious feat, of which we will always be proud.

Everybody Lies.

Dare we dream that that last line means this is all a joke and House will live on? Yeah, probably not. And we have the following 10-word  statement:

We’re going to miss the bejesus out of this show.

Thanks for all the great years, House crew.

 

 

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