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  • FOX411 Exclusive: 'Ugly Betty' canceled by ABC


    ‘Ugly Betty’ has been canceled.

    ABC just informed the staff that the show will not be renewed for another season.

    “It’s done,” a staffer tells “It isn’t a huge surprise, but it’s still very upsetting. News just came down and everyone is pretty sad.”

    ABC confirmed to that this is their final season.

    “We’ve mutually come to the difficult decision to make this Ugly Betty’s final season, and are announcing now as we want to allow the show ample time to write a satisfying conclusion,”ABC execs Silvio Horta and Steve McPherson said in a statement. “We are extremely proud of this groundbreaking series, and felt it was important to give the fans a proper farewell.”

    This means stars Vanessa Williams, America Ferrera, Ana Ortiz and the rest of the staff will be joining the many other unemployed Americans.

    “The show was moved around so much and it looked pretty bleak early in the season, but when we got back on Wednesday nights, it seemed like it might all work out and we could swing higher ratings,” the staffer added. “Everyone has been on pins and needles since this summer, so in some ways, it is a relief, even though we will all be out of work. It’s been a stressful year and executives were mishandling the show.”

    The source said ABC tried to make the show work in its new time slot, but the writing was on the wall.

    “It’s a case of too little too late. After the switch to Fridays, no one did anything to regain the numbers until we lost our core audience. After they were gone, there was a scramble and last ditch effort to save the show,” said the insider.

    Due to the news, negotiations with Liza Minnelli to guest star on the show broke down, and Broadway star Carol Kane will be taking over the role of Justin’s (played by Mark Indelicato) new high school drama teacher, has learned. Those episodes begin filming today.

    - Kelly Will


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