Say It Ain’t So: ‘Fresh Off The Boat’ Cancelled After Six Seasons At ABC

We’ve all heard the rumors, but this time it looks like they’re true— “Fresh off the Boat” will end with its current sixth season. ABC Entertainment announced today that the hit sitcom has not been renewed for a seventh season, and will conclude in Feb., 2020 with a one-hour finale episode.

“We couldn’t be prouder of this game-changing show and the impact it has had on our cultural landscape,” Karey Burke, president of ABC Entertainment, said. “The success of ‘Fresh Off the Boat’ has helped pave the way for inclusion throughout the industry… We’ll miss the Huang family, and are eternally grateful for the incredibly heartfelt stories they have told these past six seasons.”

Fans and the cast took to social media to express their feelings over the cancellation, which comes just months after Constance Wu’s now-infamous tweetstorm over the Season 6 renewal.

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When I first started in this business, all I wanted to do was work as an actor. Preferably in projects that paid money. It would be an added bonus if I got to work on something that was actually good and preferably not racist. A steady gig of any kind would’ve been beyond my wildest dreams. I would’ve been completely happy to be a funny neighbor or snarky co-worker. At the time, those were the kinds of roles that were available for folks like me, so I would’ve been fine with that. Then, Fresh Off The Boat came along, and it gave me all that and so much more. Aside from being a really great show made by incredibly talented people, it was also not racist! In fact, Fresh Off The Boat was the opposite. It was humanizing. It was hilarious and full of heart. It was groundbreaking. It was an Asian American family on television. For six seasons, I got to play a man of many dimensions: a loving father and husband, a friend, a boss… I got to laugh, to cry, to sing, to dance, to be a real human being. And to think I got paid in actual money! For something I would have happily done for free.* – – Thank you to Nahnatchka Khan, @chineseguy88, Jake Kasdan, @mreddiehuang, @20thcenfoxtv, @abcnetwork, Justin and Missy, Matt and Keith, our incredible writers, and the entire cast and crew for being the best humans. And most of all, thank you to the fans. . (*To clarify, I would have done that first season for free. I would’ve needed to get paid for the remaining seasons. I have a family to feed.)

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For those of you who are mourning the show’s loss, it’s not all over yet—a “Fresh off the Boat” spin-off, tentatively titled “Magic Motor Inn,” is still moving ahead at ABC. The main characters are set to be introduced in a later episode of Season 6, so stay tuned to catch actor Vir Das and Bollywood star Preity G. Zinta on the show.