Lauren Graham Reflects on the Cancellation of Gilmore Girls

Lauren Graham on Late Night With Seth Meyers
Lauren Graham spoke to Seth Meyers about Gilmore Girls Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Forever a Gilmore Girl! Eight years after Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel appeared together in the series finale of Gilmore Girls, Graham is reflecting on the beloved dramedy. 

Now starring in the final season of Parenthood, Graham, 47, stopped by Late Night on Tuesday, Jan. 20, and looked back on the ending of her current show in contrast to that of Gilmore Girls.

“It’s really difficult but also really nice to be able to say goodbye,” Graham said of shooting the final episodes of Parenthood. “I’ve mainly been on shows where they just yank it and you find out later.”

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One such show was Gilmore Girls, in which she played single mother Lorelai Gilmore opposite Bledel, 33, who was her high-achieving daughter Rory Gilmore. 

“We shot the last episode and we had no idea,” Graham said of the seven-year WB program. “There was some back and forth of what was gonna happen.”

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Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel on “Gilmore Girls” Warner Bros/Courtesy Everett Collection

Once the fate of Gilmore Girls was finally decided, it took a while for Graham to get the message that there would be no eighth season. 

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“I was in a restaurant and I had turned my phone off, cause that’s polite,” the Web Therapy star explained. “The waiter comes to the table and he was like, ‘Are you Lauren Graham?’ I was like, ‘Yes!’ He goes, ‘Your agent’s on the phone!’ I thought I was in a ’40s movie or something. I was like, walking to the house phone.”

“I was like, ‘Hello?’ and he goes, ‘It’s cancelled,’ and that’s how I found out that it was the end,” Graham continued. “It’s better to be able to say goodbye.” 

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Graham spoke about her Gilmore Girls costar last year, saying in a Reddit chat that she’ll “always have a special bond” with Bledel, adding that she “[loves] her.” 

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