Fox has confirmed that producers have decided that this season will be the last for their doctor drama “House.”
“After much deliberation, the producers of House M.D. have decided that this season of the show, the eighth, 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,” they wrote.
The series stars Hugh Laurie as a rebel doctor who frequently clashes with his co-workers and patients at a New Jersey hospital.
It’s currently the eighth season of the show and the series is averaging about 9 million viewers. That number is down compared to the 20 million viewers it recorded in its third season.
“The producers have always imagined House as an enigmatic creature; he should never be the last one to leave the party,” the producers said Wednesday. “How much better to disappear before the music stops, while there is still some promise and mystique in the air.”
They finished with: “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.”