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26/07/2019 11:43 BST

Will & Grace To End For Second Time With 11th Series In 2020

The US sitcom returned in 2017 after 11 years off air.

Will & Grace is to come to an end for a second time, it has been announced.

Bosses revealed the upcoming third series of the revived run – the 11th overall – will be the last when it airs in 2020. 

The hit sitcom, which stars starring Debra Messing and Eric McCormack as the title characters, returned in 2017 after originally concluding in 2006.

But Max Mutchnick, one of the executive producers, has confirmed fans will be saying goodbye to the cast once again, sharing a letter sent to the cast and crew on Twitter. 

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The cast of Will & Grace

It read: “Today, we informed NBC that this will be the final season of the Will & Grace reboot.

“This decision was made in conjunction with the cast and Mr Burrows (the other executive producer).

“At the end of this year, we will have made a total of 246 episodes of Will & Grace over 11 seasons and 21 years.

“It is our belief that throughout this time, we have been able to sustain a level of quality that we can all be incredibly proud of, especially these past three seasons.

“In the interest of protecting the legacy of this show and the truly outstanding work that went into making every episode, we have decided now is the time to stop.

“On December 18 2019 our extraordinary cast will take its final bow.”

Debra Messing shared a photo of the key cast, including Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally who play Jack and Karen, and the creative team and wrote: “ANNOUNCEMENT – to the best fans IN THE WORLD, W&G fans, we wanted to tell you that this will be the last season of the Reboot.

“The creative team (pictured) got together and we decided it was the right time.

“We were so lucky to have the opportunity to reunite and do the show AGAIN.

“It was only supposed to be 10 episodes, but because of you, the fans, it has turned into 3 YEARS. What a miracle.

“We are all committed to making this season the best ever, and to wrap up the story of Will, Grace, Jack and Karen in a way that feels meaningful and right.”

Eric McCormack added: “Well, we’re taking this one out like we brought it in: with love, laughs, gratitude… and on our own terms.

“Season 3 of #WillandGrace (well, season 11) will be our grand finale… and it’s gonna be fantastic!”

The cast reunited in 2016 to a special sketch in support of Hilary Clinton’s US election campaign. 

Fans’ reception to it prompted a full revival series to be commissioned, which will have run for 52 episodes by the time it finishes next year.