Last week, Girl Meets World star Rider Strong suggested that the show was cancelled following the current third season. The Disney Channel has confirmed that the show will come to an end after the Girl Meets World Season 3 finale, "Girl Meets Goodbye," which airs on Friday, January 20 at 6 PM ET. Several of the show's stars and writers have issued their own statements, saying their goodbyes to fans, before the series finale airs in a few weeks. Here's the official Disney Channel statement regarding the cancellation below.
"We are proud that for over 70 episodes, Michael Jacobs, April Kelly and the talented creative team, cast and crew entertained viewers with an authentic and heartfelt look at navigating adolescence."
Series star Rowan Blanchard, who played Riley, the daughter of Cory (Ben Savage) and Topanga Matthews (Daniel Fishiel), took to Twitter last night to release a lengthy and emotional statement. She thanks series creator Michael Jacobs for creating this "little world" that she got to inhabit, adding that she was crying as she was writing this heartfelt goodbye to her fans. Here's an excerpt from her emotional statement below.
"I have tried to go in and write this many times, in preparation for this moment I feared might come. I will never be able to put into words my gratitude for Michael Jacobs, the creator of our little world, for bringing us all together - by all, I mean us and you. Being on Girl Meets World is the most significant event in my life thus far, it changed absolutely every aspect of it, and takes up most of the life, I am able to remember. It is with this cast family I experienced mourning and heartbreak and overjoyment and long days that turned into long nights, each and every moment so painstakingly beautiful. Thanks to the show I have four moms, three of which are named Elizabeth, all of which became best friends themselves. Doing a show in general, specifically doing a show as a child into your teenhood, is so incredibly cosmic and scary but you do it because you love these people, because this has become your routine, because it is the closest you will get to being in real school, etc. I am crying typing this because yes, we were making a show, but our lives turned into a movie. We dressed The Breakfast Club, hid under stairwells to tell each other about our crushes, sobbed together when we suffered the death our teacher... these are things you don't forget. That I will never forget."
Sabrina Carpenter, who played Riley's best friend Maya on the Disney Channel series, and sang the theme song with Rowan Blanchard, also issued a heartfelt goodbye. The actress posted a photo of several cast members on Instagram, along with a lengthy statement thanking fans, while echoing Rowan Blanchard's sentiment about how the cast and crew really do love each other, and how rare that is in this business. Here's her full statement below.
"The last time I had in n out burger and didn't eat it, I had just been cast in a show called girl meets world! Tonight I sit here and I can't eat my in n out burger because life comes full circle. We speak in the language of love, heartbreak, friendship, family, sadness, and laughter. Wherever we are in the world, whatever we believe in, whoever we love, we all speak that language. We had the privilege of growing up in front of your eyes. The privilege of teaching the lessons we were learning ourselves and beyond that. To the family that was created on our set, between the cast and crew, thank you for giving us the ability to make mistakes and to grow. I felt so safe in that bay window. People thought it was weird that I was excited to go to work. People thought it was weird that we really did and still do love each other. That's a rare entity, we hold that tight. Thank you Disney for giving this show and these characters the chance to see the light of day. I know I feel very lucky to have given life to Maya hart. MJ- without you I wouldn't know most of what I do. I also probably would have never had 2 paint fights in my lifetime. We live in an intricate world. We can be adversaries whilst being allies. To everyone that watched our show and felt something, thank you. To everyone that grew up watching Boy Meets World and decided to give our story for a new generation a chance, thank you. And to the little girls reading this, You can do whatever you put your mind to. You're gonna meet the world now, and I think you'll love it. 'There is no end. There is no beginning. There is only the infinite passion of life.' - Fellini."
Now that the cancellation has been confirmed, there are just three episodes of the show left. Tomorrow night's "World Meets Girl" isn't an actual episode, but a behind-the-scenes sneak peek at the show and how it is put together each week. The January 13 episode, "Girl Meets Sweet Sixteen," takes place just before Riley's 16th birthday, as "the kids contemplate the future and how rapidly their relationships will change in a few short years." The season finale, "Girl Meets Goodbye", will also bring back a number of Boy Meets World stars such as Rider Strong, William Daniels, Will Friedle, Anthony Tyler Quinn, Lee Norris, Danny McNulty, William Russ and Betsy Randle all appearing. Here's a joint statement from the show's writing staff, asking fans to watch the last three episodes this month.
"It is with incredible pride in our work and complete sadness that things end, that I report to this wonderful audience that our show is over. I just officially got the call, and would like to thank this audience for its incredible love and loyalty. Please watch our January episodes. We leave you with three incredible souvenirs of a show we couldn't be more proud of. As I look back I can tell you with absolute certainty - we gave you our best."
Girl Meets World stars Ben Savage and Daniel Fishiel have yet to respond to the news on social media yet. We have the original tweets from Rowan Blanchard, the Girl Meets World writers and Will Friedle below, as they say goodbye to Girl Meets World. Hopefully we'll get to see some new footage from the last few episodes before the series finale airs in just a few weeks.