'Girlfriends' Breaks Up With CW

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Say goodbye to Monica, Maya, Lynn and Joan.

The CW sitcom "Girlfriends" will be bidding adieu to the network after eight seasons on the air, it was announced by the series' creator/executive producer Mara Brock Akil on Thursday, Feb. 14.

"Although it's always difficult to say goodbye," said Akil in a statement, "I choose to focus my energy on the history that 'Girlfriends' has made, the human stories that we told, the beautifully complex images that we projected and the blessings 172 episodes bestowed on us, both personally and professionally.

"I am immensely thankful to the amazingly talented cast, writers, directors, staff and crew for their endless dedication and hard work for eight seasons, to the network that always wanted us and the studio that always supported us, but mostly to the audience, especially African-American women, who took the time to tune into us every Monday night at nine to have a dialogue with us and who have been our partner in this journey. I am currently in talks with the studio and network on putting together a retrospective show which will honor and celebrate this landmark series, so please stay tuned."

No statement was released by the network.

The show began airing on UPN in 2000 and moved over to The CW when UPN and The WB merged. It has been enjoying a home in the network's Monday comedy lineup that includes "Everybody Hates Chris," "Aliens in America" and "The Game." "Girlfriends" stars Jill Marie Jones, Persia White, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Golden Brooks as the titular pals.

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