Black-ish: Why is Tracee Ellis Ross’ comedy ending after 8 seasons?
The Black-ish ABC sitcom is set to end with its eighth season, leaving many viewers devastated – but why is it ending? Find out here
ABC sitcom Blackish has been a hit with viewers since it first aired in 2014. Telling the story of the Johnson family who live in an affluent, mostly white neighborhood, the show is beloved by audiences for its family-friendly yet boundary-pushing comedy.
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However, the series is now set to end with its eighth season, leaving many viewers devastated. So why does it end? Find out here…
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For longtime fans of the show, news of its ending didn’t exactly come as a surprise. In 2018, series creator Kenya Barris had a clash over creative differences with ABC Studios, which resulted in her leaving as co-showrunner.
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However, Kenya continued to hold its role as executive producer of the show (and spin-offs Cultivated) and in May 2021, he announced that the series would be coming to an end. Sharing a statement on Instagram, Kenya wrote: “To ALL the people in the world whom I love, honor, respect and care for it is both exciting and bittersweet to share that black has been RENEWED by ABC for its [sic] EIGHTH… and FINAL SEASON.”
He then explained that it was a mutual decision between him and ABC to end the show. “Nowadays it’s rare to be able to decide when your show should end, and we are grateful to ABC for being able to make this last season exactly what we hoped, he wrote. “And to do so with the entire INCREDIBLY STELLAR cast returning to close this chapter with us in the right way!”
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Even if it will be difficult to say goodbye to Blackish at the end of season eight, fans have at least more episodes of spin-off series Cultivated to look forward to.
The series follows Johnson’s eldest daughter, Zoey, played by Yara Shahidi, as she takes her first steps into the adult world as she heads to college and is set to return for more episodes on January 27 on Freeform.
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