Comedy Central has decided not to renew the animated comedy, now due to end its 140-episode run there in September.
The final 13 episodes, which represent the second half of season 7, will begin airing in the US in June.
The series aired from 1999 to 2003 on FOX before four-direct-to-DVD movies that Comedy Central ran in half-hour eps in 2008-09. A sixth season aired in 2010-11, and the first half of the seventh season debuted last year. But the show has declined in the ratings, from 2.6 million viewers in 2010 to 1.7 million in 2012.
“I felt like we were already in the bonus round on these last couple of seasons, so I can’t say I was devastated by the news,” executive producer David X. Cohen told EW. “It was what I had expected two years earlier. At this point I keep a suitcase by my office door so I can be cancelled at a moment’s notice.”
Matt Groening said, “We’re catching our breath and seeing what the fans have to say. The experience of this show has been so much fun from the very beginning to now — everybody is so happy to work on this show — that it’d be a shame if we all went our separate ways… We would love to continue. We have many more stories to tell. But if we don’t, this is a really great way to go out… I think these episodes are the best ones we’ve ever done.”