‘House’ to end this season

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Producers and the Fox Network have agreed to end the long-running show ‘House’ this season.

The network said Wednesday that the show’s eighth season will be its last and will finish with 177 episodes. In a joint statement, Creator David Shore, executive producer Katie Jacobs and star-executive producer Hugh Laurie said that’s “about 175 more than anyone expected back in 2004.”

“The producers have always imagined House as an enigmatic creature,” the statement continued. “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?”

Fox Entertainment president Kevin Reilly also released a statement:

For eight seasons, the entire ‘House’ team has given us — and fans around the world — some of the most compelling characters and affecting stories ever seen on television. They have been creatively tenacious and collaborative throughout this incredible run, and they are amongst the most superior talents in the business. For all the above, we wholeheartedly thank them and the fans who have supported the show.

The 177th and final episode will be completed in April, producers said.