Kat Von D's 'L.A. Ink' is canceled by TLC [Updated]
"TLC has decided that the current season of 'L.A. Ink' will be its last," TLC executives said in a statement Thursday. "The network is proud of what the series has accomplished in its four seasons, following Kat Von D's journey as an artist from Miami to Los Angeles."
The series finale will air Sept. 15.
TLC's yanking of "L.A. Ink" comes on the heels of the cancellation of another high-profile TLC reality series, "Kate + 8."
[Updated at 4 p.m.: Kat Von D has responded to the news about the cancellation of her series, declaring that she made the decision to end the show.
"I love how me deciding to not continue doing LA Ink turns into being 'cancelled,' " she said via Twitter. "Thanks @ TLC. Regardless of everything I remain grateful."
And in an interview with People, Von D said, "In an effort to capitalize on my recent breakup, the network has decided to focus their energy on re-editing events that didn't happen during filming. I have no regrets and am very proud of the original footage. In my opinion, any attempt to compromise the honesty of that would be an insult to my fans and my viewers."
She added, "As grateful as I am to have been a part of a show like 'LA Ink,' I'm ready to end this chapter and want to focus on other projects now."]
-- Greg Braxton
Photo: Kat Von D applies the ink at High Voltage Tattoo, her West Hollywood shop. Credit: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times