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House fans, it's time to begin the mourning process. The producers of Fox's critically acclaimed medical drama announced Wednesday that the series is entering its final chapter.
According to E! News, the show's 8th season, which is currently airing, will be its last -- and the season finale in May will also serve as the series finale.
"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 producers say in the statement.
"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."
In case you're wondering why a hit show with a cult following has decided to shut down production, Fox president Kevin Reilly would like to clarify that this is not a cancellation or a network decision. It's Laurie and the rest of the producers who have decided to make this the final season of the series.
"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," Reilly says in a statement.
"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."
For those who tuned in week after week to see what the genius, curmudgeonly diagnostician was up to, this announcement must come as a loss.
What do you hope happens in the final months of the show?