After five years on the air, the Comedy Central hit Key & Peele is coming to an end. The program’s stars Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele confirmed the announcement via twitter on Sunday, punctuating the sad news with an uplifting “Wait til you see what we do next tho.”
Originally meeting on MADtv, the duo’s sketch-comedy show was a booming success, raking in eight Emmy nominations just this year and winning a Peabody Award in 2013. The two were also invited to perform their classic ‘Anger Translator’ bit at this year’s White House Correspondents Dinner, comically translating President Obama’s speech to express what he ‘really meant to say’.
Key made it clear that the decision to end the show wasn’t made by the network, but was instead due to the pair’s desire to pursue other projects, saying in an interview with The Wrap: “It was just time for us to explore other things, together and apart. I compare it to Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor. We might make a movie and then do our own thing for three years and then come back and do another movie.”
They both reportedly have many ideas in the works, mentioning that they’ve shot a film, Keanu, co-written by Peele, and they are already hard at work at a new show that’s yet to be announced. Furthermore, Peele has written and will direct an upcoming horror film, and the two comedians are set to appear in a reboot of Police Academy.
Fans are still distraught though, and many are voicing their opinions to the performers on twitter. Some are comparing the leave to Dave Chapelle’s sudden wrap-up when his show was the top of the network, with one supporter tweeting: “Say it ain’t so @KeeganMKey and @JordanPeele.. Key and peele can’t be done after this season!! Don’t do us like chapelle!!”
Key & Peele currently has eight episodes left of its fifth season, due to air until early September when the show will close its curtains for good.