Comedy Central’s ‘Key & Peele’ to end after current season

26 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘Key & Peele’ is ending after this season, and we’re not laughing.

All good shows must come to an end, and Key & Peele, a very, very good show, is no exception: Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele announced Saturday that the show’s current season, its fifth, will be its last, as the duo has mutually decided to pursue other projects. The show, which airs on Comedy Central, was nominated for seven Emmy Awards this year, including Outstanding Variety Sketch Series and Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for Key. The show also won a Peabody Award in 2013, and Key performed his popular character of President Obama’s “anger translator” along with the president himself earlier this year.

On Saturday afternoon, Peele posted to his Twitter page a link to a story in The Wrap by Steve Pond that said the show would be ending its run at the end of the current fifth season. That’s the plan right now.'” The show, co-written by the two African-American comedians, gained fame for several sketches but particularly for a running gag in which Peele portrayed President Barack Obama and Key as his alter ego “Luther,” the president’s “anger translator.” Key showed up as Luther alongside the president at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in April.

He followed that up with messages that read “Don’t miss the last 8 episodes!” and “Love u.” “It’s not because of Comedy Central; it’s us,” Key told The Wrap. “It was just time for us to explore other things, together and apart. There are eight episodes left in the current season, all of which have been filmed, so it makes sense for the two to leave voluntarily, with a legacy to be proud of, and with plenty of future collaborations in store. The pair have a number of projects for film and television in the works, both together and separately, including “Keanu,” a comedy they recently shot together, and a reboot of “Police Academy.” One fan compared the comedians’ departure to that of Dave Chappelle, another star who abruptly walked away from Comedy Central when his show was one of the network’s most beloved offerings.

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