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Say goodbye to unconventional bedside manners, brilliant medical logic and the ever enigmatic Dr. Gregory House. Fox producers surprised fans Wednesday announcing that the network's drama House will end in a mere two the three months.
The show has not been renewed for a ninth season because House "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 show's producers said in a joint statement.
Executive producers David Shore, Katie Jacobs and Hugh Laurie also said that "The decision to end the show now, or ever, is a painful one...the show itself has been a source of great pride to everyone involved."
Since 2004 title character House and his team have been bringing Sherlock Holmes diagnoses to a world "in which everlasting human questions of ethics and emotion, logic and truth, could be examined, played out, and occasionally answered."
House has intrigued the masses beyond "prettiness or gun play," though we wil miss the several attractive cast members (ahem—Dr. Chase—ahem).
Aside from the producers desire to quit while there's still some mystery left, Entertainment Weekly says the high cost of the show could be a factor. Produced by Universal Studios, Fox basically pays out all the profits of the show to rival NBC. It's also unlikely that NBC would pick up the show due to high costs. Laurie makes $700,000 an episode.
The show is also creeping down in the ratings mark, though it is still in the top 25 TV shows. With a total of 177 episodes, House went 175 episodes farther than ever expected.
The Daily Mail reports Laurie is planning on taking a break once House wraps in April.
"I think I have been rather spoiled here,' he confessed to the Daily Record in an interview last year. 'I can't imagine there will be another [show] quite like this. I think I am extremely lucky to have had the one shot that I have had at it and I wouldn't go looking for lightning to strike twice."