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“House” Will Be Ending At the End of This Season

Sorry, “House” fans: it has been officially announced that your favorite emotionally-challenged Doc is leaving the air at the end of this season.

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Sorry, “House” fans: it has been officially announced that your favorite emotionally-challenged Doc is leaving the air at the end of this season.

The announcement came yesterday in the form of a joint statement from the network, show bosses and star Hugh Laurie.  It was said that everyone involved wanted to make it clear that the decision to take “House” off the air was that of the show creators and Hugh Laurie, and not because of a network cancellation.

Read below for both statements, including a very heartfelt thank you to fans from Executive Producers David Shore, Katie Jacobs and Hugh Laurie:

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.

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Wendy Williams Has Some Hot Talk with Melissa Knowles, Brian Balthazar and Heather McDonald

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TUNE IN ALERT: Catch Brian Balthazar On The Wendy Williams Show Friday!

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Hey everyone! I’m excited to join the discussion on a bunch of great topics this Friday on The Wendy Williams Show!

It’s going to be an hour of great Hot Topics and some polarizing HOT TALK!

As always, check your local listings and see what’s coming on her website…. wendyshow.com

 

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Sneak Peek: Renee Zellweger’s Mysterious New Netflix Series Promises Secrets, Suspense and Seduction

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Renee Zellweger is back – and if this advance look at her new series is any indication, she’ll have us on the edge of our seats!

Debuting Friday, May 24th, the cryptic trailer for “What/If” shows Zellweger walking through a lavish party and ascending a flight of stairs as her narration sets up the story, which focuses on people challenged with a dilemma over an offer that may be too extraordinary to refuse. The closing shot proves that it’s Zellweger that holds the game pieces in this dangerous game.

The 10-episode first season is available in just a month!

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