Sad News, Upper East Siders: HBO Max Cancels ‘Gossip Girl’ After Two Seasons

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It's Official: ‘Gossip Girl’ Season 3 Is a No GoHBO Max

Season 2 of the Gossip Girl revival just premiered in December, but if you’re already waiting impatiently to find out how senior year goes for your favorite group of dramatic teens…well, you’re going to have to keep waiting. Season 3 of Gossip Girl has pretty much been a mystery...until now.

The second season of Gossip Girl brought viewers into the second semester of junior year for our fave Constance Billard-St. Jude’s students. And their lives, with this being Gossip Girl, don’t involve a lot of homework. Instead, there’s a battle for the coveted queen bee position, an affair with a married man, and attendance at the Met Gala. You know, just your casual attending school by day, going to fashion’s biggest event by night situation. Who can’t relate?

But as for what comes next? That’s one secret I’ll never tell.

JK. JK. Here’s everything we know so far about a third season of Gossip Girl.

Is Gossip Girl getting a season 3?

Sad news: HBO Max recently announced that they will not be renewing Gossip Girl for season 3. The show has, indeed, been cancelled and the series finale will be available on the streamer January 26.

Per Variety, HBO Max released a statement, saying:

“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. 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.”

Joshua shared the news on his Instagram too. He wrote, in part, “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. 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 bottle, and so if this is the end, at least we went out on the highest of highs. Thank you for watching, and I hope you’ll tune into the finale next Thursday to see how it all comes together.”

But! He did mention that the show is "currently looking for another home," so not all hope is lost. "In this climate, that might prove an uphill bottle, and so if this is the end, at least we went out on the highest of highs," he continued.

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Before the fate of the third season was announced, Joshua always had one planned anyway. In an interview with PopSugar, Joshua said the finale of season 2 is essentially a season 3 premiere.

“Well, I will say that in the tradition of Gossip Girl in the past, season 2 resolves its storylines at a certain point in the finale, and then when you think it’s over…basically, the season premiere of season 3 happens at the end of season 2,” Safran explained. “It’s not just 5 minutes, it’s like a 25-minute season premiere. A lot of stuff happens, more than I think has ever happened in any Gossip Girl episode, to the point where once you watch the finale, you’ll be like, Oh, I see. There’s season 3 right there.” So, again, there might be a chance that the series gets picked up by another streamer. Fingers crossed!

What will happen in Gossip Girl season 3?

If the series does get picked up elsewhere and a third season happens, the only concrete-ish thing we know is it’ll likely take place during the first semester of senior year.

“I definitely would love to keep the show going,” Safran told Harper’s Bazaar around the time season 1 debuted. “I engineered it so that every season is a semester, so that we didn’t get into the problem the first show got into, which was by season 3, they had to go to college. Which, at the time, I think was the right decision. When you look back, then, of course, you could have stayed at high school longer. If every season is a semester and they’re going to be juniors now, they would go to college in season 5.”

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Long story short: If the series gets finds somewhere else to go, expect to wait a good amount of time for more gossip. Until then, there are six full seasons of the original to keep you occupied. Blair and Serena can still keep you company!

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