Why Did Black-Ish End?

The first factor contributing to the end of “Black-ish” is that the show’s creator, Kenya Barris, had some long-running creative differences with ABC Studios. According to The Hollywood Reporter, in 2018, ABC decided not to air a Season 4 episode titled “Please, Baby, Please,” for this reason. 

The episode, which Barris wrote and directed, addressed contemporary events like the Charlottesville protests and the kneeling protests in the NFL. “Given our creative differences, neither ABC nor I were happy with the direction of the episode and mutually agreed not to air it,” Barris told Variety. A month after this disagreement with ABC, according to Variety, Barris left ABC as the co-showrunner of “Black-ish,” but still remained executive producer of both “Black-ish” and the spin-off show “Grown-ish.” This disagreement did not lead to an immediate end for “Black-ish,” and does not seem to be why the show ended. 

However, years later, the creative team seemed to agree that it was a good idea to end “Black-ish” while it was still on a high note. Barris wrote on Instagram, “In this day and age it is rare to get to decide when your show should come to an end, and we are grateful along with ABC to be able to make this final season exactly what we’d hoped for – and to do it with the entire and AMAZINGLY STELLAR cast coming back to close this chapter out with us the right way!” It appears that “Black-ish” simply came to a natural conclusion after a healthy eight-season run. 

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