House Creator David Shore Thanks Fans For Supporting The Show

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House cancelled - David Shore statement to fansAfter eight years of bringing us unbelievable medical cases, a riveting mix of drama and bittersweet humor, and one of the most unique interpretations of the Sherlock Holmes character, Fox‘s medical drama House is ending.

The news broke today, after creator David Shore pushed the network to tell him one way or the other. At the end of 2011, both parties had agreed to push off the decision til after January 1, but Shore, obviously sensing some unease, decided that he'd rather have advance warning to prepare an adequate series finale for May.

We knew that the show was nearing its last legs when series regular Lisa Edelstein left last year, but it's definite now that the network has confirmed the decision. While it's difficult to see such a brilliant show go off the air, it's worth nothing that it had been losing steam for some time now, with cast shake-ups that couldn't restore the snappy repartee of the first few seasons, and the writers throwing the cantankerous Dr. House into increasingly unrealistic situations (rehab, jail, and so forth). We'll always remember the good times, but it's time.

We can always count on E!'s Kristin dos Santos to get a statement from the creators; here's what David Shore, Katie Jacobs, and star Hugh Laurie had to say to fans:

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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We can only hope that Shore and Jacobs go on — together or separately — to create an equally compelling, intelligent, snarky show. Because I do believe that House as a series showed audiences that they could dive into a fast-paced, technical-jargon-heavy show and still find its heart.