HBO Max's "Gossip Girl" Canceled After 2 Seasons: "We Went Out on the Highest of Highs"
Hate to be the bearers of bad news, Upper East Siders, but season two of HBO's "Gossip Girl" revival will, unfortunately, be its last. Showrunner Joshua Safran made the announcement on Jan. 19, the same day season two's penultimate episode aired. "So here's the goss: it is with the heaviest of hearts that I have to announce 'Gossip Girl' will not be continuing on HBO Max," he wrote in a statement shared on social media.
"The EPs and I will forever be grateful to the network and studio for their faith and support; the writers for their devious brains and dexterous talent; the superstar cast for being the greatest of collaborators and friends; and the crew for their hard work, dedication and love for the project," he continued. "This was honestly the greatest set I ever worked on, top to bottom. We are currently looking for another home, but in this climate, that might prove an uphill battle, and so if this is the end, at least we went out on the highest of highs. Thank you all for watching, and I hope you'll tune into the finale next Thursday to see how it all comes together. xoxo"
"Gossip Girl" returned for its second season on Dec. 1, 2022, which featured loads of drama around Monet's brief hostile takeover as well as Aki, Audrey, and Max's complicated poly relationship — not to mention Georgina Sparks's grand return.
Back in December, Safran told POPSUGAR he'd already begun stringing ideas together for another season. "We already know what we want to do in season three," he said, "so hopefully [the reboot will] feel even more like the original ['Gossip Girl']." Speaking of the OG "Gossip Girl," Safran said that the reboot's season two finale resembles what OG fans are familiar with from the CW series, and it even shares some major plot points surrounding its now-canceled season three.
"Basically, the season premiere of season three happens at the end of season two."
"Well, I will say that in the tradition of 'Gossip Girl' in the past, season two resolves its storylines at a certain point in the finale, and then when you think it's over . . . basically, the season premiere of season three happens at the end of season two," he shared. "It's not just five minutes, it's like a 25-minute season premiere. A lot of stuff happens, more than I think has ever happened in any 'Gossip Girl' episode, to the point where once you watch the finale you'll be like, 'Oh, I see. There's season three right there.'"
Catch up on season two episodes of "Gossip Girl," streaming now on HBO Max," ahead of the series finale's premiere on Jan. 26.