By Hillary Busis
Updated November 29, 2012 at 02:40 PM EST
Rider Strong
Credit: Shiloh Strong

The good news: Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel have officially signed on to reprise their roles as Cory Matthews and Topanga Lawrence in Girl Meets World, Disney Channel’s hotly anticipated Boy Meets World spinoff/sequel.

The bad news: In all likelihood, Rider Strong, who played the show’s third lead — trailer-park-kid-with-a-heart-of-gold Shawn Hunter — will not be joining them.

Boy Meets World was a defining aspect of my life, and I cherish those seven years,” he said in a statement. “So I am extremely happy for Ben and Danielle to be able to continue the story. At this point, I have no official involvement in Girl Meets World.” Aw, undapants!

“There might be a chance to see some of the BMW cast in a guest spot, and I think it would be nice to find out where our characters have been all these years,’ Strong continues. “But Girl Meets World will be, and I think it should be, its own show. It will be about Cory and Topanga, their daughter, and a new set of characters.”

Neither Will Friedle (who played Eric Matthews) or William Daniels (the one and only Mr. Feeny) would comment when contacted by EW about Girl Meets World. While this may mean that they’re passing on the sequel as well, it could also indicate that they’re currently in talks with Disney. So don’t lose hope, BMW fans — there’s still a chance that more of the gang will be back together in the new show.

See Strong’s full statement — which includes a heartwarming story about Boy Meets World‘s universal appeal — below:

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