HBO says its much-honored political satire Veep is coming to an end. The cable channel said Wednesday that Veep will air its seventh and final season in 2018, the AP reports. Series star Julia Louis-Dreyfus won five consecutive Emmy Awards for her portrayal of Selina Meyer, a self-absorbed politician and failed president. The actress is up for a sixth trophy at the Sept. 17 Emmy ceremony. Louis-Dreyfus tried to comfort Veep fans over their pending loss. "It's true BUT don't despair cuz we still have a whole season 7 to write and film," she tweeted. HBO programming chief Casey Bloys wrote in a statement that HBO respected the producers' decision to bring the show to a close, calling it "bittersweet."
"It became clear that this season should be the last season," Louis-Dreyfus tells the Hollywood Reporter. "We don't want to repeat ourselves or wear out our welcome," she says, though she admits it is tough to give up "a role of a lifetime." Veep has also won two consecutive best comedy Emmys, and is in the running to repeat. Tony Hale, who plays Meyer's overly devoted personal aide, Gary, could pick up his third best supporting actor Emmy. (This lawmaker laughed so hard during an episode of Veep that he knocked himself out.)