Hugh Laurie's Statement On Why He's Really Leaving House

Because everybody on the House team like to remind us all the time that “Everybody lies,” it can be hard to take their comments on face value sometimes. But don’t read the statement here, read the motivation and I think you’ll trust in what Hugh Laurie has to tell you.

This statement was sent to TV Guide and is pretty self explanatory:

Some newspapers, obviously dissatisfied by the statement we released last week, have suggested that “the truth” — a modern journalistic shorthand for “not even remotely the truth but it’s creepy enough so let’s go with it” — behind our joint decision was that I was sick of going to work. The evidence for this was a remark I made five years ago about a different subject.

Let me say unequivocally that I love my job, and work harder at it than most journalists work at theirs. As we explained in our press release, we were trying to preserve some of the character’s mystique; we never wanted to over-stay our welcome. Very possibly, we could have continued with a re-worked formula — House gets a job in a shoe shop and high jinks ensue — but none of us could face that. We wanted to keep the band together and go out with as much dignity as we could muster.

I realize that plan is looking a little scruffy now, thanks to this petty rebuttal, but what the heck. I had to put the record straight.

As House himself has repeatedly said, “everybody lies.”

There it is again.

I’m going to miss House. The last episode airs in the US on May 21st.

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