Melissa McCarthy released a statement via Twitter this week regarding the cancellation of her hit show, Mike And Molly, and said she’s heartbroken.
The television and film star says she would have done the show for “50 more years” if given the opportunity, and her sentiments were echoed by her cast mates. While it’s not clear why CBS chose to cut the show–after initially renewing it for a full sixth season, they shortened it to 13 episodes–actress Rondi Reed said that they have their reasons.
“Before you hear it elsewhere (and some already have) this is the Final and 6th Season of MIKE & MOLLY on CBS. It is also a shortened season (13 episodes) after the announced full renewal of 22 episodes back in March by the network… The network has it’s reasons, and I will not get into a debate, discussion, or campaign to get them to change their minds. I remain extremely grateful to have been a part of this and to have worked with a fabulous bunch of folks over the years. I have learned a lot about many things, including the Business we call Show. Also grateful for all the fans and for the personal support I have received over the (almost) 6 seasons,” Reed wrote on Facebook.
— Melissa McCarthy (@melissamccarthy) December 14, 2015
The show will return on January 6 as scheduled, and although it will be a much shorter season than originally planned, the showrunners say they will give everyone closure so that the ending is fitting for the story and for the actors’ hard work over the years.
Mike And Molly has been one of the longest running and most successful shows for CBS and launched Melissa McCarthy’s career into superstardom after she began moving back and forth between the series and some of Hollywood’s biggest movies. You can see her next in The Boss, due out in April.