HOLLYWOOD, May 17 (UPI) -- The U.S. sitcom "Everybody Loves Raymond" will return next fall for its ninth and final season, Zap2it.com reported Monday.
Although CBS won't reveal its full fall schedule until Wednesday, the network ended months of speculation when it announced Sunday the Emmy-winning comedy will be back for a single, 16-episode season.
"Our decision had nothing to do with money," said Phil Rosenthal, the show's creator and executive producer. "Emotionally, we never want the show to end, but everything must. We look forward to these remaining episodes as a few encores, and a few more meals with our staff."
Both Rosenthal and the show's star, Ray Romano, have said the decision was based largely on meetings with writers to see if they still had stories to tell.
"The decision about coming back was always about maintaining the quality, and not feeling like we've overstayed our welcome," said Romano, who is also an executive producer of the show. "I look forward to being a hapless, sexless husband once again in year nine."