Is Hugh Laurie Ready to Check Out of 'House'?

Say it isn't so! Could Hugh Laurie be hanging up his stethoscope when his contract is up after the next season of House?

Maybe, says the British actor.

“I have no idea” how much longer the show will run, Laurie told EW.com's Michael Ausiello. “I only hope we’ll know when the time is right (to close up shop). When people blunder on for five years after (they should've called it quits)… it gets taken out of your hands. Someone will say, ‘That’s it.’"

As of now, the actor says he's "immensely proud of the things we did this season” and -- thankfully for House fanatics -- is at least "open” to continuing beyond season 7.

It may sound like Laurie is trying to dodge the question of whether or not we'll get a chance to watch his alter-ego continue to work his medical magic for years to come, but the star swears he's not being coy about the fate of the show.

“This sounds like I’m trying to avoid [the question]. I’m not,” he insists. “I have the brain of a hamster and I can’t think beyond 5 o’clock this afternoon. I really am that stupid."

“I can only say,” he continues, “I think we’ll have a sense next year at some point” about whether to keep going.

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