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:
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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
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.
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