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Hugh Laurie says goodbye to House

posted 23 Apr 2012, 15:26 by Sam Mbale   [ updated 23 Apr 2012, 15:26 ]
 The cast and crew of House celebrate the end of the series.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES -  "House" gets a red carpet send off.

The cast and crew of the popular American TV series about a surly but well-meaning medical doctor celebrated its successful 8-season run.

The show's star, British actor Hugh Laurie, had no idea the show would be such a hit.


Hugh Laurie, actor, saying 

"I often remark that the first season we did the show, I literally did not unpack my suitcase. I thought that any day, the phone would ring and I'd be on a plane back to England. I cannot believe that eight years have gone by, it's sort of an amazing thing."

For Laurie's co-stars, there were mixed feelings about the show's long run.

Robert Sean Leonard, who has played Dr. James Wilson since the series began, says he will not miss the early mornings.

Robert Sean Leonard, actor, saying

"You know, I do get up at four in the morning and drive to work and work til nighttime, and the hours are long, and it's, I won't miss it. But I'm glad I did it, and I'm proud of it, but eight years is a long time, and I think it's time."

So what's next for Laurie?

He plans to stay busy as a member of the Band From TV, a charity cover band made up of television actors.

Hugh Laurie, actor, saying

"I have plans to stay busy, I'll be touring with a band, and we'll be playing some shows around the world, a lot of shows actually, and I'm really looking forward to that."

The series finale of "House" will air May 21 on Fox.

Alicia Powell, Reuters.