Forever Is Canceled and Ioan Gruffudd’s Goodbye Note Will Make You Cry

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Forever, Ioan GruffuddABC/Bob D’Amico

Forever has been canceled and we know you’re upset. So is series star Ioan Gruffudd. The actor, who played immortal medical examiner Henry Morgan, took to his Instagram to share a heartfelt note with fans of the now-canceled ABC drama.

Gruffudd’s wife, Alice Evans, broke the cancellation news on Twitter prior to ABC’s announcement of which shows would be returning. She said the Titanic star was shaken, but wanted to thank the “wonderful” fans. In his message, Gruffudd said he wasn’t expecting to receive the cancellation call.

“I knew the numbers hadn’t been great, but I also knew the studio and the network both loved the show, and of course that it had an incredible fan base…so I thought we were in with a pretty good chance,” he wrote. “But sadly no, this time the cards weren’t dealt in our favor. Show business is like that. Hell, life is like that. You ride to the top of the wave and then you come crashing down again.”

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As the tweets poured in, Gruffudd said he couldn’t believe the outpouring of support and “[t]he love, the sense of solidarity, the hope, the kindness, the support” for the show and for “each other.”

“And slowly I began to focus on what we had gained in the past year, rather than what we had lost in the last five minutes. I was overcome by a sense of gratitude,” he said. “To have met you all and to have you all rooting for me and the show. At having a chance to play the role of my dreams, even if it was only for a year. To have been given the chance to bring Henry to life.”

Being a spectator to the fandom developing was “breathtaking,” he said.

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“It was you guys who held me up when I thought I could no longer go on. (Those days were LONG!) You made me smile when you pointed out the little things I did on screen that I thought had gone unnoticed. You gave me confidence when I accidentally found myself reading less than shining reviews. You were always with me, every step of the way, waving your flags, shouting your support for the show. It’s been an incredible, wonderful year, one that I will never, ever forget,” he said. “And guess what? The memories belong to us. We get to keep them ‘forever!’ Thanks again a million times for your unwavering support. Stay strong, be brave, and show kindness as often as you can!”

Gruffudd starred opposite Judd Hirsch, Lorraine Toussaint and Alana de la Garza in Forever. De la Garza sent a short, but sweet tweet to fans.

“Thank you all for your support, what an incredible ride. I will miss my east coast family and our amazing fans. Simply the BEST. #Forever❤,” she tweeted.

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