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Gellar explains why ''Buffy'' is over

Gellar explains why ”Buffy” is over. In an exclusive interview with Entertainment Weekly, ”Vampire Slayer” Sarah Michelle Gellar talks about the end of her series

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It’s official: The end is near for UPN’s cult hit ”Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” After seven years, Sarah Michelle Gellar is leaving the series, which will conclude this season with a five-part story featuring the return of Faith, some surprise deaths, and an appearance by a certain Angel. ”We’re gearing up to tell a fabulous, huge, great arc,” Gellar tells EW. ”It’s going to be pretty spectacular.”

But why leave now? ”You always worry about being the show that’s been on too long — especially when you’re a cult hit,” explains Gellar. ”Last year, a lot of people were ready to tear us down. [So when] we started to have such a strong year this year, I thought: ‘This is how I want to go out — on top, at our best.”’

To read Gellar’s complete interview — and get the latest news about a possible ”Buffy” spin-off — pick up the upcoming issue of Entertainment Weekly, available on newsstands Friday, Feb. 28.