Jemaine Clement clears up those ‘Flight of the Conchords’ rumors

Jemaine Clement
Jemaine Clement is one-half of the musical comedy duo Flight of the Conchords.
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Stand down, “Flight of the Conchords” fans. The beloved musical comedy series will not be returning to HBO anytime in the foreseeable future.

Rumors began swirling this week after the British newspaper, The Guardian, ran an interview with Jemaine Clement, one-half of the musical duo, in which he said he was working on a four-episode comedy series for HBO with frequent “Conchords” director Taika Waititi.

“It was supposed to be this year but then we decided to put ‘What We Do in the Shadows’ [his current feature film] out ourselves,” Clement told the newspaper.

That comment quickly spiraled into fans rejoicing that “Conchords” would be back for a third season.


Just imagine the heartbreak in store for people like poor British barrister and journalist Rupert Myers, who tweeted, “Prayers answered. Flight of the Conchords to return for a series three. This may be the best news I’ve read all year.”

It turns out Myers’ prayers weren’t answered, as Clement subsequently went online to clarify his statement that he and Waititi were working on a different idea for HBO.

That said, there are also sporadic discussions between Clement and “Conchords” partner Bret McKenzie about a reunion movie.

“I miss playing Flight of the Conchords gigs,” Clement said.


There may not be news, but at least there’s hope.

Twitter: @patrickkevinday

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