'Girl Meets World' is officially ending

'Girl Meets World,' Spinoff of 'Boy Meets World,' Is Officially Ending

Girl Meets World is officially ending.

After weeks of speculation over its future, Disney Channel's multi-camera comedy -- a spinoff of beloved '90s sitcom Boy Meets World -- will end later this month, when it airs its final episode on Friday, Jan. 20, titled "Girl Meets Goodbye."

"It is with incredible pride in our work and complete sadness that things end, that I report to this wonderful audience that our show is over," the show wrote in a series of tweets via the Girl Meets World writers' Twitter account on Wednesday.

"I just officially got the call, and would like to thank this audience for its incredible love and loyalty. Please watch our January episodes," read another tweet.

"We leave you with three incredible souvenirs of a show we couldn't be more proud of," the message continued. "As I look back I can tell you with absolute certainty – we gave you our best."

Disney Channel issued a statement to ET on Wednesday, confirming the cancellation: "Disney Channel will present the series finale of Girl Meets World on Friday, Jan. 20 at 6 p.m. EST. In the episode, 'Girl Meets Goodbye,' the Matthews family contemplates a life-changing decision. We are proud that for over 70 episodes, Michael Jacobs, April Kelly and the talented creative team, cast and crew entertained viewers with an authentic and heartfelt look at navigating adolescence."

The news of Girl Meets World's cancellation comes after the writers addressed rumors that the show was ending, assuring loyal fans on Dec. 29, "Whatever happens, it has been a great joy to get to continue this story. If it is over, thank you. If not, we will keep giving our best."

In December, Rider Strong --who reprised his role as Cory's best friend Shawn Hunter on the update -- suggested that Girl Meets World had filmed its final episode.

"We finished the third season of Girl Meets World – my brother and I were directing a lot of episodes and I acted in a couple – and the show ended," Strong said on Literary Disco.

Back in July, Girl Meets World star Rowan Blanchard, who plays Cory and Topanga's teenage daughter Riley Matthews, sent out a message to her fans following the filming of what is now the series finale.

"Filming tonight's episode was very emotional for all of us, so thank you to all of you who came and stuck with us," Blanchard wrote at the time. "The family that we have created on our set is something I will truly never forget."

Girl Meets World centers on Riley and her best friend, Maya Hart (Sabrina Carpenter), as they navigate the challenges of teenage life and school. Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel also star. The series finale will include several Boy Meets World regulars, including William Daniels, Strong, Will Friedle, William Russ, Betsy Randle and Lee Norris.

Girl Meets World airs its series finale on Friday, Jan. 20 on Disney Channel.

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'Girl Meets World' star Rowan Blanchard reflects on cancellation

Rowan Blanchard says she's tried writing a thank-you-and-goodbye letter to Girl Meets World fans on previous occasions when it looked like the update of Boy Meets World featuring Ben Savage's Cory as her dad, wasn't going to see another season.

But after the show received its official cancellation notice from the Disney Channel on Wednesday, she finally finished and published it on Twitter.

"Being on Girl Meets World is the most significant event in my life thus far," the 15-year-old actress wrote in an essay posted to Twitter. "Doing a show in general — specifically doing a show as a child into your teenhood — is so indescribably cosmic and scary, but you do it because you love these people, because this has become your routine, because it is the closest you will get to being in real school, etc. I am crying typing this because, yes, we were making a show but our lives turned into a movie."

Rowan said she was trying to cope with the news by explaining to herself that, "these moments are forever, that this energy must amount to something much greater than a simple end."

She thanked the kids and parents who made up Girl Meets World's audience, writing, "Everything we did was in an effort to give you the lessons we thought you deserved, that we knew you needed."

She also promised to "continue to fight to not be talked down to by the shows and books and movies" aimed towards kids and tweens" and took a little dig at Disney for "not being able to understand that."

The show's cast and crew had been awaiting news of the show's fate since before the New Year and appeared prepared for the possibility that its Jan. 20 season finale might also double as a series finale. Its title? "Girl Meets Goodbye."

The official word came down Wednesday, which the show's writers collectively shared on Twitter.

"It is with incredible pride in our work and complete sadness that things end, that I report to this wonderful audience that our show is over," they confirmed on their Twitter account. "Please watch our January episodes. We leave you with three incredible souvenirs of a show we couldn't be more proud of. As I look back, I can tell you with absolute certainty — We gave you our best."

The show earned two Emmy nominations for outstanding children's program.

In a statement to USA TODAY, Disney Channel said, "We are proud that for over 70 episodes, (co-creators) Michael Jacobs, April Kelly and the talented creative team, cast and crew entertained viewers with an authentic and heartfelt look at navigating adolescence."

Disney hasn't quite given up on reboots yet — the network announced in October that it's prepping the return of That's So Raven, featuring Raven-SymonĂ©'s character as a single mom. And the show that started the craze, Fuller House, just earned a third season pickup from Netflix.


Rowan Blanchard Is ‘Crying’ Over ‘Girl Meets World’ Cancellation News: See the Cast’s Reactions

Say it ain’t so! Girl Meets World has been canceled after three seasons, the official Twitter account for the Disney Channel show’s writers announced on Wednesday, January 4.

The writers' room account announced in a series of tweets, “It is with incredible pride in our work, and complete sadness that things end, that I report to this wonderful audience that our show is over. I just officially got the call, and would like to thank this audience for its incredible love and loyalty. Please watch our January episodes. We leave you with three incredible souvenirs of a show we couldn’t be more proud of. As I look back I can tell you with absolute certainty we gave you our best.”

Rowan Blanchard, who stars as Cory and Topanga Matthews’ daughter Riley, penned a long note about how Girl Meets World was “the most significant event” in her life so far. “Doing a show in general, specifically doing a show as a child into your teenhood, is so indescribably cosmic and scary, but you do it because you love these people, because this has become your routine, because it is the closest you will ever get to being in real school, etc.,” she wrote on Instagram. "I am crying typing this because yes, we were making a show, but our lives turned into a movie.”

The 15-year-old actress explained how the cast and crew had formed a close bond since they started filming the Boy Meets World spinoff in 2014. “You don’t realize how rare that is. I am so endlessly indebted to them for forgiving us when we couldn’t get through takes without laughing, for forgiving us when we annoyingly asked, ‘When’s lunch?’ even though we knew it was at twelve, for hugging us and bringing us tissues and allowing us to jump on the set couches until we fell on our heads (or maybe that was just me)."

Blanchard concluded, “I love you. I love this cast. I love this crew. I love Riley. I love this world we made. I love that it is now your world.”

Sabrina Carpenter, who plays Maya Hart, shared a photo of the entire cast and her own tribute to her time on the show. "We had the privilege of growing up in front of your eyes. The privilege of teaching the lessons we were learning ourselves, and beyond that. To the family that was created on our set, between the cast and crew, thank you for giving us the ability to make mistakes and to grow,” Carpenter, 17, wrote. “To everyone that watched our show and felt something, thank you. To everyone that grew up watching Boy Meets World and decided to give our story for a new generation a chance, thank you. And to the little girls reading this, You can do whatever you put your mind to.”

The heartbreak was also felt by August Maturo, who plays Auggie Matthews. The 9-year-old shared a photo of a little girl talking to God and saying, “But I love this, God.” In the photo, God responds, “Just trust me, I have better for you.”



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