HBO Max Cancels Gossip Girl

By Jessica Lerner 

XOXO, Gossip Girl.

HBO Max has canceled Gossip Girl after two seasons. The news comes ahead of the Season 2 finale.

“So here’s the goss: it is with the heaviest of hearts that I have to announce Gossip Girl will not be continuing on HBO Max,” showrunner Joshua Safran shared on social media. “The EPs and I will forever be grateful to the network and studio for their faith and support; the writers for their devious brains and dexterous talent; the superstar cast for being the greatest of collaborators and friends; and the crew for their hard work, dedication and love for the project. This was honestly the greatest set I ever worked on, top to bottom.”


“We are currently looking for another home, but in this climate, that might prove an uphill battle, and so if this is the end, at least we went out on the highest of highs,” he continued. “Thank you for watching, and I hope you’ll tune into the finale next Thursday to see how it all comes together.”

The series premiered in 2021 as a revival of the original CW series of the same name that ran on the broadcast network from 2007 to 2012.

In the show, a fresh cast of Manhattan private school students take the lead under the watchful eye of Gossip Girl about ten years after the conclusion of the original series, highlighting how drastically social media—and the landscape of New York City itself—have changed in that time.

“We are very grateful to showrunner/executive producer Joshua Safran, and executive producers Stephanie Savage and Josh Schwartz for bringing us back to the Upper East Side and all the scandals at Constance Billard,” HBO Max said in a statement. “Although we are not moving forward with a third season of ‘Gossip Girl,’ we thank them for the enticing love triangles, calculated backstabbing and impeccable fashion this series brought to a new audience.”

Gossip Girl’s cancellation comes as HBO Max continues to cancel and remove shows en masse as cost-cutting measures. Warner Bros. CFO Gunnar Wiedenfels said earlier this month that the days of axing shows and movies for tax write-offs are in the past, saying the company is “done with that chapter” and calling 2023 a year of “relaunching and building.”