'Curb Your Enthusiasm' Is Really Ending, Folks

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'Curb Your Enthusiasm' Is Really Ending, FolksHBO

Curb Your Enthusiasm is, according to its star and creator Larry David, ending. And before you think it, we know. It's hard to believe. After all, David has attempted to end the series before—multiple times!—but some key comments indicate that this time, it's actually happening. "It’s time," David told reporters at the DGA Awards in Los Angeles. "Twelve seasons—that’s a lot for a television show—over 24 years." When it was remarked that David has made similar promises in years prior, he replied, "Yeah, I said it before, but I wasn’t 76 when I said it."

It's worth noting that some of David's fellow cast-members remain skeptical. "Larry would always say, ‘I think this is the last season,’ and he said that again and I said, ‘OK, I’ll believe it when I see it in print,'" Cheryl Hines added at the same event. "I just thought OK, it’s not the last season." His co-star J.B. Smoove agreed. "I don’t trust Larry," he said. "I think he’s going to get home, sitting around his fancy living room with his fancy little coffee table, drinking one of those espressos with his leg crossed over. He’s going to get bored. Larry is going to get bored, and Larry is going to call everybody one at a time. Might be two years from now, might be three years from now. Might be four. I don’t know when but Larry will get bored."

Us? We're taking David's word for it. And below, you'll find David's long and winding journey to almost quitting Curb before.

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"Every year there was a chance we were not going to come back," Garlin said.HBO

Larry Almost Quit Back in 2005

After Larry "died" in season 5 during Richard Lewis' kidney transplant, the Seinfeld creator almost walked away from the show entirely. "I died specifically to end the show," David said on The Bill Simmons Podcast. "I thought, I’m not going to do this again. So, I died and went to heaven. I met Ben Hogan and he gave me some golf tips, and my mother. In fact, the title of the show was called ‘The End.'" But Larry returned two years later for season 6, introducing J.B. Smoove's Leon Black to the cast. "I missed it," David explained. "I love doing [the show]. It’s the most fun I’ve ever had."

Curb Went on Hiatus After Season 8

Though Curb was being released pretty, prettay consistently every two years up until season 8, the series went on hiatus between 2011 and 2017. David escapes a charity event for Michael J. Fox in the season 8 finale by traveling to Paris, which many viewed as a potential ending to the series. Then, six years later, he returned for season 9. "I just wanted to do it again," he told Vanity Fair back in 2017. "A lot of people kept asking me. I thought, Yes, I suppose I should... ’cause nothing else really gives me as much satisfaction as doing this." Since then, production on Curb resumed with a new season every two years.

Larry Says Season 12 Is Definitely the Final Season

David insists that season 12 is the end. "I’m not lying," he told The Hollywood Reporter at the season 12 premiere this week. "People think I’m lying. I’m not a liar... OK yeah, 15 years ago I said it was the last season—that’s what I say when I don’t think I’m going to come up with another one. But, this is it." The upcoming season, which premieres on Sunday, February 4, is even being marketed as a farewell to the HBO show.

Cast member Jeff Garlin also corroborated that he doesn't expect to come back. "Every year there was a chance we were not going to come back," Garlin told THR. But David,"has never said the words ‘This is the last season,’" Garlin added. "He said that this year, and when you watch the season, it’ll all make sense."

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