Hugh Laurie released a statement in response to a Telegraph report that suggested House was ending its run on Fox because he was tired of going to work. The network recently announced that the drama will sunset after eight years.
“Some newspapers, obviously dissatisfied by the statement we released last week, have suggested that ‘the truth’ — a modern journalistic shorthand for ‘not even remotely the truth but it’s creepy enough so let’s go with it’ — behind our joint decision was that I was sick of going to work,” according to Laurie’s statement released to TV Guide. “The evidence for this was a remark I made five years ago about a different subject.
“Let me say unequivocally that I love my job, and work harder at it than most journalists work at theirs. As we explained in our press release, we were trying to preserve some of the character’s mystique; we never wanted to over-stay our welcome. Very possibly, we could have continued with a re-worked formula — House gets a job in a shoe shop and high jinks ensue — but none of us could face that. We wanted to keep the band together and go out with as much dignity as we could muster.
“I realize that plan is looking a little scruffy now, thanks to this petty rebuttal, but what the heck. I had to put the record straight.
“As House himself has repeatedly said, ‘everybody lies.’”
Laurie, together with executive producers David Shore and Katie Jacobs, released the following statement when the decision was made to end the show: “The decision to end now, or ever, is a painful one, as it risks putting asunder hundreds of close friendships that have developed over the last eight years — but also because the show itself has been a source of great pride to everyone involved. The producers have always imagined House as an enigmatic creature; 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.”