Julianna Margulies Confirms "The Good Wife" to End

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Julianna Margulies has confirmed what those who missed yesterday's Super Bowl hoped was nothing but a rumor. The Good Wife is ending its run with its May 8 episode.

While most Julianna Margulies fans came to know the actress through her role as Nurse Carol Hathaway (who romanced George Clooney's character) on ER, she has long been the beloved Alicia Florrick on The Good Wife.

Following the Super Bowl ad on Sunday, both the network and Julianna Margulies followed up with statements.

"It’s never easy to say goodbye to one of the crown jewels of your network and studio, much less to a show that is among the best on television. But it also feels very right to end with the seven-year story its creators envisioned, and to celebrate the show’s final run while at the top of its creative game. It has been CBS’s sincere privilege to broadcast and produce 'The Good Wife' for seven extraordinary seasons. We thank and applaud the outstanding cast, led by the impeccable Julianna Margulies, and the consummate writing and producing team, headed by the brilliant Robert and Michelle King, who brought to life a smart, sophisticated series that has delivered audiences so many memorable characters and unforgettable moments. It is a series that will only grow in prestige as its episodes are watched again or discovered by new viewers for many years to come,” the CBS statement reads.

The Good Wife executive producers and co-creators Robert and Michelle King issued the following statement.

"The Good Wife has been the creative experience of a lifetime. Collaborating with the finest actors, writers, producers, staff and crew on ‘The Education of Alicia Florrick’ has been a dream. We can’t imagine working with a more talented, professional, generous lead than Julianna Margulies or more supportive partners than Leslie Moonves, David Stapf, Glenn Geller and Nina Tassler at CBS and CBS Television Studios. We’re looking forward to using this seventh season to bring Alicia’s story to its natural conclusion. We couldn’t be more excited and grateful.”

Julianna Margulies sounds like she is comfortable with the end of The Good Wife.

“Being a part of The Good Wife has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my career. As an actress and a producer, it has been an absolute honor to be a part of a series that, throughout seven years, never settled on being just good… but always strived to be extraordinary. I have witnessed magic happen when Robert and Michelle King put pen to paper, and it has been a privilege to be in the company of their brilliance," her statement reads. "To the most amazing and talented cast and crew, there will always be a special place in my heart for our 'Good Wife' family. As we close the book on our beloved show, I am humbled and grateful to know that together, we created and were a part of something truly remarkable."

Are you a fan of The Good Wife? Will you take in every one of the last nine episodes?

How do you predict Julianna Margulies' character Alicia Florrick will close the show?

Even more importantly, where might Julianna Margulies flex her acting muscles next?

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.