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Fox's 'House' will end after this season

February 8, 2012 |  3:32 pm

The doctor is out: Fox's long-running drama "House" will end after this season.

In a joint statement, executive producers David Shore, Katie Jacobs and star Hugh Laurie said the following: "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."

The series, currently in its eighth season, is on track to complete 177 episodes by April. The viewership for the Monday night drama, though experiencing some dips, has remained strong, with the show averaging 9.8 million viewers in its 8 p.m. slot.

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The fate of the show on the network has been rocky. Last year's renewal came just days before Fox's upfront presentation. And in their parting statement, the producers offered a slight glimmer of hope, hinting that maybe the series could set up house some place else.

"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."


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Photo: Hugh Laurie in a scene from 'House.' Credit: Fox