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Ioan Gruffudd posts Instagram tribute to Forever fans

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As ABC bids farewell to its supernatural drama Forever, series star Ioan Gruffudd thanked fans for the opportunity to play the role of his “dreams.” 

In the touching tribute posted on Instagram, Gruffudd wrote that he wasn’t expecting the cancellation as the studio and network “both loved the show.”

“This time the cards weren’t dealt in our favor. Show business is like that,” Gruffudd wrote. “Hell, life is like that. You ride to the top of the wave and then you come crashing down again.” 

Gruffudd added that he couldn’t believe the response on Twitter as fans reacted to news, citing “the love, the sense of solidarity, the hope, the kindness, the support” as standout moments.

“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,” Gruffudd wrote. “I was overcome by a sense of gratitude. 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.”

ABC canceled CristelaResurrection, and The Taste on Thursday night, while renewing Agent Carter and (most surprisingly) Galavant. The network also renewed 10 dramas and six comedies, including Once Upon a Time, Scandal and Fresh Off the Boat. 

My dear friends, fans, supporters. Tonight, as you all now know, I received a phone call that I was hoping not to receive, and to be honest I really wasn’t expecting it. 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. 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. I asked Alice to send out the sad news because I was a little bit shaken up and needed time to gather my thoughts. So I sat down and started reading the thousands of Tweets in response to the announcement. And the more I read, the more I couldn’t believe it. The love, the sense of solidarity, the hope, the kindness, the support. Not just for the show, but 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. 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. Watching the interaction of the FOREVER fans come together and share their love for the show has been breath-taking. 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. 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! Ioan xxx

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