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The cheeky British comedy we’ve come to love seems to have come to an end.
Michaela Coel announced that her hit Netflix series “Chewing Gum” probably won’t return for a third season any time soon. Coel told UK’s Broadcast that she thought she’d reached “a creative peak” last season, and confirmed that she’d be moving on with a tweet.
Thank you to all of you. Chewing Gum has been amazing but it’s only the beginning, ?, more stories to tell, & my latter will be greater. ??
— Michaela Coel (@MichaelaCoel) August 21, 2017
E4 confirmed the news in a statement, saying: “Chewing Gum is a vibrant, hilarious and unique comedy of which we are incredibly proud. Though there currently aren’t any plans for a 3rd series, we hope to work with the hugely talented Michaela Coel again soon.”
Starring Coel as the Ghanaian Beyoncé-obsessed Pentecostal virgin Tracey, “Chewing Gum” first aired on the UK’s Channel E4 before making its way to Netflix. The comedy earned Coel two awards from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, and a crowd of American fans—but her reps say it’s time for her to focus on other projects. “Michaela is not currently writing a third series of Chewing Gum as she is focusing on some other projects, but is not closing the door to the possibility in the future.”
“I mean, Chewing Gum ages me 15 years every time I do it — it’s insane. It’s brilliant working on something else,” Coel told Digital Spy. “It means I can really focus on one thing, instead of spreading myself thin.”
But don’t count another season out just yet.
“She’s a very funny and clever writer so she’ll always have a home here if she wants to do a project with us. It’s bittersweet but it’s always been part of what we do here. We establish people and then there’s a point where they have to move on,” E4 exec Fiona McDermott told Broadcast.
Another E4 source told RadioTimes, “We are really keen to do more but nothing will be confirmed for a while. Michaela is very busy and has worked so hard on this series. She just wants to catch her breath. But everyone’s delighted with this series and the feeling is we’d love more.”