How Kristen Bell And Ted Danson Found Out The Good Place Was Ending With Season 4

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NBC's The Good Place is coming to an end, and while fans may have wanted the series to continue indefinitely with great twist after great twist, they've been assured it's for the best. Even so, it's still okay to feel a little disappointed about it all coming to an end, especially for those who are a part of the cast and crew.

With that said, how did Kristen Bell and Ted Danson find out The Good Place is ending? Both shared their experiences during the TCA summer press tour, and CinemaBlend was on hand at the Good Place panel to hear about Kristen Bell's phone call, ultimatum, and acceptance when speaking to creator Mike Schur.

I got a call from Mike Schur when I was driving in the car, and I had a sixth sense about what he was about to say because he said, 'Hey, we need to talk.' And I said, 'Before you say anything else, you have to promise me that you’ll write me a show after this one, and that’s the only way I’m not going to hang up on you.' And he said, 'Okay.' So I think it’s legal because you guys are writing it down. And then, yeah. He said that I he said, 'I have done a lot of thinking about it. Haven’t made this decision haphazardly, but I have found an ending that this story needs,' and I have always made it my mission to trust Mike, and it has never backfired.

One of the most stressful things about a show ending for an actor can be finding another job, so good on Kristen Bell for trapping Mike Schur into writing another television series for her ahead of him delivering that news! Jokes aside, Bell sounds like she was ultimately fine that the ride was coming to an end, mainly because she has yet to be burned for putting her faith in The Good Place creator.

Much like Bell, Ted Danson ultimately took the news about The Good Place ending well. Danson explained his acceptance over the news was largely tied to his experience on the show, and a feeling that the status quo would continue into the final episodes.

Called a few real estate brokers and never mind. No. Yeah. I think we were all a little surprised and full of respect, because we’ve told the story from day one the way I say 'we,' but the way Mike wanted to, and to sit there and pad a story that is a very specific message and a morality tale, and all of a sudden have the gang trapped in a snowstorm singing musicals would have been weird. So I am grateful that it ended with as much integrity as it started.

Danson didn't need to hold out for another series as he's already got something going with Tina Fey, but even if he didn't, he's happy because he knows the show is going out on its own terms. Not every show gets that kind of luxury, so few can blame him for being so grateful even if there might've (the ratings weren't that great) been more life in The Good Place yet.

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