‘House’ To End Its Run On Fox At End Of Season - ARTICLE

“House M.D.” is leaving the air at the end of the current season, it was announced on Wednesday afternoon in a joint statement from the network, show bosses and star 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,” executive producers David Shore, Katie Jacobs and Hugh Laurie, also the show’s star, said in a joint statement on Wednesday afternoon.

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“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,” the statement continued.

“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,” they added, offering a thanks to the viewers and those who have discussed it online.

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“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,” the statement concluded. “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.”

There was plenty of speculation about the fate of the show at the recent Television Critics Association Session in Pasadena, Calif., in early January, but at the time, FOX President of Entertainment Kevin Reilly said no decision had been made. On Wednesday, he too released a statement about the show ending its run.

“While it’s with much regret, and a lump in our throats, we respect the decision Hugh, David and Katie have made,” his statement read. “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.”

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