Girl Meets World Cancelled

Girl Meets World Cancelled: Read Rowan Blanchard's Letter to Fans

Riley Matthews’ journey into adulthood is being cut tragically short — Girl Meets World will not return for a fourth season on Disney Channel, the show tweeted Wednesday.

The news was confirmed in a series of tweets from the Girl Meets Writers Twitter account:

The news, while upsetting to the series’ loyal fanbase, isn’t entirely unexpected. Several cast and crew members posted cryptic farewells on social media after filming the Season 3 finale, which will now serve as a series finale.

Additionally, Rider Strong — who played Cory’s best friend Shawn Hunter (aka Maya’s new stepdad) — recently suggested that the show “ended” on an episode of his podcast.

Shortly after news of the cancellation hit Twitter, Rowan Blanchard and other cast members took to social media to express their disappointment in Disney Channel’s decision, as well as their gratitude for the show’s loyal fans:

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

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Fortunately, Girl Meets World is leaving us with a heck of a parting gift: Nearly the entire cast of Boy Meets World — William Daniels (Mr. Feeny), Anthony Quinn (Mr. Turner), Strong, Will Friedle (Eric), William Russ (Alan), Betsy Randle (Amy), Lee Norris (Minkus), Danny McNulty (Harley), Lily Nicksay (Morgan No. 1) and Lindsay Ridgeway (Morgan No. 2) — will appear in the finale to help Riley make an important decision.

Are you devastated, Girl Meets World fans? Drop a comment with your response to the series’ cancellation below.

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290 Comments
  1. stephon js says:

    I’m highly upset

    • Josh says:

      I am sad it is ending, too.

    • Bill Clay says:

      I am certain that Disney cancelled the series because of Rowan’s tweet last year that she identified as LGBTQ.

      • accident55@hotmail.com says:

        Or..the very low ratings. But sure…you go with the whiningtheory

        • lessthan says:

          Actually, according to the producers, GMW was Disney’s highest rated show. My guess is it’s Disney’s issue with renewing anything past season 3 when the costs go up that killed the show. That’s why you get something like “Liv and Maddie: Cali Style”. So Disney doesn’t have to up everyone’s paychecks after season 3 since it’s a “new series”. I’m guessing they weren’t able to pull that with GMW for whatever reason so the show was canceled. So yeah, the problem likely wasn’t ratings or the personal lives of their talent. Just the cost of making it likely is what killed it :).

        • Chris says:

          I thought the ratings were decent right about the average for Disney channel ? I know it started amazing but I thought it settled to average levels ? I’m sure it had nothing to do with her identitfying as lgbtq

        • Patti Singer says:

          Low ratings? It’s the number one show on Disney.

      • George says:

        How would you explain the That’s So Raven sequel with Raven as the star and producer then?

      • Ann says:

        Uhh. No. As someone mentioned below, Raven Simone is a lesbian and very public about it.. Yet, Disney is doing a revival of her show with her as the star. I think the cancellation has more to do with the actors maybe outgrowing their roles and getting too big in their heads to continue. I can definitely see Sabrina Carpenter and especially Rowan Blanchard wanting to do other projects or wanting a truck load of money to continue the show.

        • violet says:

          watching Sabrina and rowan and learning about their life i doubt it was because of wanting money i think it was just people were getting older and the she had came time to end.

      • Coby Forrest Preimesberger says:

        again doubt it as there doing a spinoff of that’s so raven with with raven symone coming back

    • A fan of TV says:

      Great first comment. “Are you devastated?”
      “I’m highly upset.”
      Stop being so civilized, don’t you know this is the Internet? ;)

    • Make season 4 in of Girl Meets World put it back on Disney Channel don’t be stupid I will be real angry

    • Darlene Harper says:

      Highly!!! 😫

  2. Sarah says:

    I really wish they would have moved it to freeform. 😞

    • Ari says:

      Yes, it would have been a better match on Freeform. It wouldn’t have had to be so hokey to fit the Disney style.

      • Holly says:

        And it actually had better ratings than any other original show currently airing on Freeform, except for, I believe, Pretty Little Liars. It’s definitely higher than Shadowhunters, which is probably the biggest “hit” the network has launched in several years and is about the same as Switched at Birth.

      • Darlene Harper says:

        Right

    • Darlene Harper says:

      That is what I was thinking… They knew they could’ve done something besides just cutting it off all together

  3. Heidi68 says:

    I’m pissed. They keep other stupid shows or get new ones that are stupid. Can’t believe this maybe Netflix or Freeform will pickup.

  4. Tori Coop says:

    I’m 33 years old and am actually quite sad about this. Idk why I loved it, blame it on Boy Meets World, I guess, but this was my show.

    • Jamie says:

      Same here. Same age and same feelings. It’s a big bummer.

    • cassie982003 says:

      I’m 45 years old and loved this show! I will miss it but am looking forward to the last 3 episodes.

    • I’m a little older than you, and I’m upset about this. It was my show too. Started watching it for the BMW connection and then ended up loving it (and the characters) so much more.

    • Allison says:

      I agree. I’m 34 and watched loyally. It was cheesy, forced “lessons” on the audience, and was not half as good as Boy Meets World…..yet, I wanted see this through…I wanted to see the kids grow up!

    • otterpuff says:

      I’m of the 33 yo, club. And I adored the show – I wandered in because of having grown up with BMW, but stuck around because it got so good once it found it’s pace. I’m going to miss it.

    • Marianne says:

      I’m in the same age group too. I liked this show because I did like Boy Meets World. But, I found the kids actually interesting and not obnoxious like on other programs. Thinking about some of the other shows that Disney allowed 4 seasons, this cancellation hurts a lot.

    • Priyam says:

      I agree. I grew up watching Boy meets world and was so happy when this show happened. I am so sad right now.

    • Amit says:

      33 and right there with you.

    • AtlLady says:

      I’m 61 and I loved this show. The biggest problem was trying to pair off the kids too early. A Cory and Topanga type of love story only comes along very rarely. Riley and Lucas had no chemistry as a couple other than a first crush. Farkle feels very protective of Isadora but his heart has always belonged to Riley much more so than Maya. Some of these kids will bounce back with new projects because they are very talented.

      • sharonda says:

        im 26 soon to be 27 and i still watch the disney channel and i grew up watching boy meet world and then found out they came out with a girl meet world i got supper happy and now im hurt by this because they cancelled the show and wat i dont understand y i mean bmw is the reason y i like gmw first y’all cancelled hanna monatea then jessie goodluck charlie and shake it up these are shows i grew up off of and to take it off the air that bogus and that really hurt if y’all can re do thats so raven y’all can re do, gmw y’all not thinking about the kids that watch these shows im just sad and hurt i hope freefum or nextflix can pick this up another great show gone i will miss it yall to bogus smh goodbye gmw and liv and maddie im sad because a great show is ending

    • brooke says:

      i am 15 and i love the show

    • Nerine says:

      I’m 30 and this was my show too, as you, I blame it on BMW. It’s definitely not so good, but still loved it

    • Mcnilli munch says:

      Yeah. 32 here. Loved BMW. Really enjoyed GMW. So sad to see their story cut short.

  5. Sarah says:

    What are the chances another channel or Netflix picks it up?

  6. Jasonbres says:

    This is shucking fit! Of all the shows still airing on Disney Channel, this was pretty much the only non-animated show that I could actually tolerate because I grew up on BMW!

  7. Beckers05 says:

    Did I miss what the reason was for it being canceled? Ratings?

    • Bahdjdjs says:

      It’s typical of Disney and Nick to only do about three seasons with 60-70 episodes. Think about it—when I was a kid I constantly would rewatch episodes I had seen days before and not really care that much. They can still run reruns with decent ratings minus the production cost of new episodes. Only a few certified hits like Hannah Montana and iCarly have escaped this trend.

  8. Jimmy says:

    Now I want to know WHY. It seemed to be doing well! This is the only show my 11 year old niece cares about on Disney anymore.

  9. andrew hass says:

    I’m sad by this news but i’m not surprised either.However i’m wondering if the show knew this was coming and that’s why they brought back so many actors from the original series for the final episode to give the viewers a parting gift.Plus maybe we are also going to see clips from the original series too.

  10. Alex Matias says:

    This makes me sad. This was a genuinely good show and that they chose to cut loose this story is annoying, and awful and sucky.

    The shows they are keeping are no where near in quality or content. Disney Channel failed over and over with the branding and promotion (not to mention the international handling of this show – like seriously, they just finished airing Season 2 in Latin America, when it was been available in Netflix for almost six months).

    DC failed the show completely and even so, GMW continued to be the top rated show in their network. It’s the kind of decision that’s just them shooting themselves in their own feet.

    Hopefully Netflix will pick it up so we can have a proper ending.

    • lakawak says:

      Are you JOKING? This show got WAYYYYYYYYY more marketing than 99.999999% of shows that ever make it to TV at all. The internet was talking about it for over a YEAR before it even stared filming its pilot. And it still failed to bring in viewers.

  11. Byron says:

    That’s pretty lousy news. This was a very sweet show, the two mains are great together, and I can’t not smile when that theme song plays. This saddens me.

  12. Amber says:

    With this and Liv and Maddie ending, it may finally be time for me to cut Disney channel out of my tv viewing schedule.

    • Bethanie says:

      I totally agree. I am 45 and love GIRL MEETS WORLD and LIV AND MADDIE. Why do they have to cut the best shows. Disney Channel has really messed up. :(

      • aeromel78 says:

        I’m 38 and I also love Liv and Maddie. It reminds me of the reruns of the Patty Duke Show I used to watch in reruns when I was a kid. I geeked out over the episode where Patty Duke played the grandma/aunt of the kids.

    • John Fara, Jr. says:

      And Best Friends Whenever may have ended too since they just finished season 2 and no word on the season 3 renewal for that show either.

  13. Jaclyn says:

    I’m too old to be so upset about a Disney Channel show being cancelled but I don’t care. 😩 So so so upset. Maybe I can keep my hopes that someone else will pick it up for a while.

  14. Girl Meets Sad World Today says:

    Although I’m stunned, deep down, I knew that as soon as Rowan tweeted that she identified herself as “queer” the show would be done with. You just do not do that at Disney.

    • padraicjacob says:

      When I read that last year I was like uh oh. Then with some of the other comments and things she’s written, I had a feeling this might be coming. Good for her to speak her mind, but unfortunately sometimes that could cost you (assuming it had anything to do with the cancellation).

      • Megan says:

        I doubt it does since Disney is going forward with a sequel series to That’s So Raven, and it’s widely known that Raven is homosexual.

        That does mean though that the cancellation hurts any less. Disney usually gives their shows a fourth “farewell” season unless the show was getting highly negative reviews or ratings, but I highly doubt that is the case here. Girl Meets World is one of the only Disney shows that directly related to problems, pressures, and happenings in society today into their episodes. We can only hope another channel or streaming service will pick it up.

        • padraicjacob says:

          I didn’t mean specifically because of being LGBTQ. But Rowan has been speaking out about issues she feels strongly about throughout the year and Disney might have seen that as a liability.

    • Darlene Harper says:

      Wow I guess they are not going to come out and say it then

  15. I’m 29 and I’m devastated. Hopefully there’ll be some good new of someone picking it up.

  16. Eric says:

    Geez, what a shame. A bright spot on the children’s TV landscape, extinguished before its time. I was really hoping (though I knew chances weren’t high) that the show could move to somewhere like Freeform so that the show and the themes it explored could grow, like BMW did. As a big fan of BMW from childhood, I loved having it “back” for a few additional seasons. I really enjoyed meeting Cory and Topanga’s children and their friends. I’m glad we’ll get the big reunion in the finale, but I can’t say I’ll be satisfied with only three more episodes

  17. Ross says:

    Disney Channel sucks.

  18. Tell Me It's All a Bad Dream says:

    And yet “Bizaardvark” was renewed for Season 2 on December 15th.

    • Dee says:

      THIS! It’s the main reason why I don’t watch Disney Channel anymore. Their DCOMS and sitcoms used to actually contain substance now they just don’t!

  19. lrdslvrhnd says:

    Nooooooo! GDI, Disney!
    .
    OK, what’s gonna be the mail-in item of choice? Unicorns because of Riley’s love of them, peaches because of Maya’s nickname, something else entirely?

  20. mamabear1980 says:

    Please Netflix pick this up. Of all the crappy stupid shows they keep😢

  21. Daphne says:

    I’m really sad about this cancellation. I hope Michael Jacobs and the other showrunners have a way to make it a satisfying ending with just 2 weeks before the (now) series finale airs… Can’t believe Disney Channel is cancelling a lovely show like GMW (that would have been the perfect companion to the That’s So Raven reboot that’s in the works) but they’re putting money into developing a show where a guy talks to his hand that has a life/mind of its own (or whatever that weird show is going to be)… Because that makes sense Disney Channel! Ugh. Is there any way/hope that Netflix would pick it up and do what they’re doing with Fuller House? It’s pretty much the same target audience!

  22. A. D. says:

    This is such crap! Can someone please pick thi!s show up. Screw Disney!

  23. Tomkil says:

    Why is it that this website was the only one who like this show?!

  24. tomkil says:

    Why is it that this website only care about Gilmore Girls & Girls Meet World?!

  25. Avinash says:

    I am upset by this, but at the same time, it’s understandable. They should have allowed the characters to grow and develop more as they moved from grade to grade, gradually dealing with more complicated issues as they went on.

  26. Nira Cruz says:

    Why is it cancelled..love the show. U dont see a show like this anymore.. well that sucks!!

  27. Mark says:

    Not surprised but disappointed.

  28. Wtf Disney! Another network needs to pick this up!

  29. Nena says:

    My daughter is going to be sad & angry that this wonderful show is cancelled! Finally a really good show for kids to watch without cuss words, half naked people, drinking, & etc & you cancel it!! It was also a show that I enjoyed watching with her & we hoped that it would last at least until they graduated. So funny, cheerful, & actually taught some life lessons. Come on Disney why take away the really good shows?! We could care less about the cast of Boy Meets World being on, we loved Girl Meets!!!

    • I used to watch BMW, but I fell in love with GMW! My 11 year old daughter and I love snuggling on the couch to do just what you said… Watch a whole some show that teaches friendship, morals, love, and life lessons without vulgar language, half-nudity, sexual scenes every other minute, and it showed equality for boys and girls for education, jobs, treatment to others no matter their job status or home life! We are truly devastated that such a great show is being cancelled!

  30. Theondra Robinson says:

    How in the world does Disney keep all of those stupid shows and drop one that actually has value. Shame on you Disney. We’re done with you

  31. someone at disney should be fired this was good show for kids and teens… disney likes to runied good stuff anyone who takes this off and have show like barkza or whatever however its spell shouldnt be doing tv shows

  32. Rob says:

    This show was a consistent performer for Disney. It helped bridge the gap between the younger audience and the older audience. They never overplayed the nostalgia. Could this show have been better? Absolutely. It deserved to be better. It never quite found its voice outside of a few great runs of episodes. Having said that, I find it hard to believe that they didn’t cancel this show because Rowan came out as queer. She was too vocal about her sexual orientation (which, if you read the article where she “came out” she simply said that she doesn’t really know what she is yet because she’s still young and figuring it out). She was also very vocal about feminism and serious socio-political issues facing the world. She’s wise beyond her years and I think the potential for controversy was there because of that and Disney wasn’t willing to take that risk.

  33. MissMel says:

    Disney really blew it with this show. It never should have been on Disney Channel in the first place. BMW has been loved for what? Three or four generations now? I’m 38 and I watched it first run when I was a teen. My now 25-year-old cousin watched it in reruns growing up. And my 11 and 13-year-old cousins watch the reruns now. We were all excited about GMW. They had a built in fan base but having it on Disney Channel tied the writers hands. They couldn’t develop the characters in an honest way, couldn’t touch on any genuinely important issues the kids would have gone through in high school, it was a joke. This was a show that belonged on Freeform from day one. Or even Netflix. I don’t know if Disney does any Netflix original shows but I think the success of Fuller House shows what can happen with these sequel series if they’re done right.

    • lakawak says:

      That is just it…you are EXTREMELY overestimating the amount of love for Boys Meets World. As was the producers of Girl Meets World. The very low ratings of GMW showed tha no one was waiting for a new version of BMW. IT was a show very much stuck in the cheesiness of the 90s. Like Saved By the Bell. And no one would watch a new SBTB series either. Some things are best left in the 90s. Like pretty much everything.

      • Cas says:

        Okay but wasn’t it Disney’s highest rates series?

        • rinaex says:

          It’s had a dramatic drop-off in ratings. Is it still one of Disney’s higher-rated shows? Yes, mainly because ratings for most of their series are pathetic.

      • Darlene Harper says:

        I think you are the only one on here that is saying that those show ratings were low… Where is this information coming from others are saying the ratings were high, I’m confused

    • Darlene Harper says:

      I definitely understand what you’re saying. At the same time though I think that they had hopes that it would reach this generation, basically all the Disney watchers and create a new fan base as Disney loves to do new people new consumers. No they could not go as deep as they could’ve gone, but it certainly has been giving some balance to the audience ( Younger age groups) that I really needed it. Some Youth would not have even known it was on , or what it was,if you had not been on Disney.

  34. chadcronin says:

    Wow, complete crap. They had a good thing going. Cancelling shows too soon isn’t going to help networks. I already have been gone from Cable since the end of last march but anytime i had access this was the only show I was still checking out. I don’t regret cutting the cord at all. I watch over 60 hours of TV a week, and I am making due with local channels. I got tired of giving out all my money to executives who keep getting rid of what I like and replacing it with stuff I have no interest in. Also these new shows often are trying to be too much to too many different audiences. This show should have been on for 6 or 7 seasons, 3, not enough. This should be a show that moves to Netflix. Right now I watch Fuller House and Gilmore Girls on there and not a whole lot else except Chelsea.

  35. Disney was never right place for this and they should be upset with themselves for thinking they could pass it off on their kids network full of bubble gum pop. They should have sold the rights and let Netflix do something it would have last there.

  36. stormravyn says:

    Disney cxl GMW AND KEEP BIZARDVARK? THIS IS CRAPPY. GMW is such a better family show. GMW is very wholesome ups and downs about life about a girl getting to know her world as she grows up in it. The story was just beginning and some knucklehead in Disney says it needs to go. So wrong in so many ways. Liv and maddie cancelled as well. BIZARDVARK is CRAPPY not even a family show.. bunk’d is not all that family oriented…it seems the same knucklehead in Disney does not like family shows that are orientated around family values. THANK YOU DISNEY KNUCKLEHEAD THAT CANCELED GMW.

  37. stormravyn says:

    Disney I don’t hope that you get flooded with emails and phone calls but the knucklehead decision….KC undercover is not all that good either. It used b to be and that went to crap. Disney you m3ed to renew girl meets world you can reverse the decision. But you won’t be cute that knucklehead doesn’t think it is a family value show.

  38. Kate Nardone says:

    So sad to hear the show is ending. I can’t understand what the reason would be? My husband and I enjoy it for the BMW nostalgia, and our 4 kids love it for the wonderful series it is. So bummed it’s over :(

    • lakawak says:

      Ummm…low ratings. You can’t understand that reason?

      • ScottJ says:

        But the ratings aren’t low. Overall its the highest rating show Disney channel has. The numbers have been trending downwards but all their shows have been.

        • The ratings were to low in the target demographic of actual children. surprisingly, ad dollars on the the Disney Channel aren’t targeted at the 25-35 year old demographic.

          • ScottJ says:

            Problem with that is children don’t actually have much in the way of money, and marketing directly to them tends to be frowned upon. But I guess Disney still doesn’t want the older audience that they would have got with this one. Which is a shame since their shows tend to be much funnier and more respectful than network comedies.

          • Darlene Harper says:

            Where is the info please

  39. Amarq says:

    How sad, only show my daughter watched on Disney Channel

  40. LAC says:

    Why?! It was the best show ever I literally cried,laughed and made me think about life and the decisions I will take on the future. I will miss the combination of good (Riley) and (Rebel) Maya. This Sucks!!!!!!

  41. cuius says:

    Probably the only hope now is to get the President-elect to tweet that he doesn’t want it cancelled!

  42. Olive says:

    WHY??? This show has only gotten better with time and had so much room to grow! This is heartbreaking :'(

  43. A says:

    I will never understand this. What a disappointment. It was great to get my childhood back for a few seasons but I think it’s time for this 30 year old to stop watching Disney Channel and grow up.

  44. John Fara, Jr. says:

    My heart has sunk. It’s a shame after all that hoping.

  45. Angel says:

    I am sad n angry bout this. Please reconsider

  46. Mike says:

    Disney owes everyone a real explanation. You take a show that’s obviously this popular off the air and there has to be a real reason. Too expensive? One of the main characters didn’t want to come back? Ratings? Give us something to at least disagree with. But no reason. It’s cowardly. Good job Disney. :(

  47. Lou says:

    The writers ruined it with that horribly written love triangle. It was dragged out for almost a year and there was no payoff. Now it’s like it never happened.What was the point?

  48. Hussein M. says:

    Tell me about any other show that represents the people of teenagers and kids as a whole. Tell me any other show that teaches us about friendship, love, trust, changes, broken dreams and hearts, world issues. Tell me about any other show that has captured audiences of all ages. I have undergone several hardships which I relate with characters with the show. I hope you realize how cancelling this show is a mistake. I hope you know and understand of all the people who depended on this show. Sometimes shows are created for people to rely on and relate to; and I get it sometimes shows get cancelled. Nevertheless, it’s really damn upsetting.

  49. flutiefan says:

    no Rachel.
    fail.

  50. Maja says:

    There must be an issue behind the scenes. This last season from the start seemed like a struggle. You can totally see storywise the show to take upon a more mature perspective so I can understand the show needing to change plattforms but it is sad if this truly is the end. BMW was such a wonderful journey from a kid to young adulthood. Like ending it here, just makes it remembered as another disney show.