Why is The Haves and the Have Nots ending? When do the final episodes air? Let’s take a look and consider the fan reaction.

If one of your favourite shows was one of many to end in 2020, then we have more bad news for Tyler Perry fans.

Deadline confirms that The Haves and the Have Nots will officially be coming to end in 2021, with season 8 serving as its final season.

Created by Tyler Perry, the American soap opera is based on his 2011 play of the same name and premiered back in 2013 on OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network.

It was actually the first scripted series to air on OWN, and continued with season 8 in November 2020.

Now, the final episodes loom, but why exactly is The Haves and the Have Nots ending?

still from The Haves and the Have Nots clip, Tyler Perry Studios, YouTube

Why is The Haves and the Have Nots ending?

  • It hasn’t directly been addressed why The Haves and the Have Nots is ending. However, it’s worth highlighting that Tyler Perry’s deal with OWN ended in March 2019.

Deadline notes that this is when he moved to ViacomCBS and began producing shows for BET and BET+. This the last remaining show under Tyler Perry’s deal with OWN.

Unlike some recent examples, the creative team on The Haves and the Have Nots had a chance to plan ahead, with season 8 set to offer a concrete conclusion.

Tina Perry – president, OWN – recently said in a statement:

“We are so grateful to Tyler Perry, the amazing cast and everyone at Tyler Perry Studios for eight incredible years of making The Haves and the Have Nots one of the biggest hits on cable television of the last decade. The series will forever hold its place in history as the network’s first ever scripted drama for which we are so proud.”

She added: “We can’t wait for fans to see the juicy storylines Tyler has planned for the final episodes.”

The midseason finale aired in January and season 8 is set to resume for eight episodes in May 2021.

Oprah Winfrey weighs in

Showing her appreciation for Tyler Perry and The Haves and the Have Nots, Oprah Winfrey said the following:

“The Haves and the Have Nots was the first scripted drama we aired on OWN, and to say it took off from the first day it hit the air is an understatement. It’s all due to one man’s creativity and very vivid imagination, a man I refer to as my ‘big little brother,’ Tyler Perry. I thank Tyler, the incredible cast, the tireless crew and every single viewer who watched with bated breath each week and tweeted along with us these past eight years.”

Addressing the finale, she added: “I will be watching alongside you all during this final season.”

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The fans react on Twitter

In wake of the recent news, a number of The Haves and the Have Nots fans have flocked to Twitter to react.

Check out a selection of tweets:

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