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Miley Cyrus to bid farewell to Hannah Montana

Miley Cyrus in Hannah Montana: The Movie. © Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Story by Jack Foley

MILEY Cyrus is to bid farewell to Hannah Montana, the role that made her famous, next year.

A Disney spokeswoman has confirmed that the series – about a high school student who leads a secret life as a pop star – is scheduled to end next year (2011).

A hit since it began in 2006, the show even spawned a big screen outing that topped the US box office last year.

But The Disney Channel executive said the series was expected “to wrap after shooting this new batch of episodes” as Cyrus bids to expand her portfolio.

The final season will, however, conclude in March 2011 with “a big one-hour event”.

Asked whether the news would mean the end of Hannah Montana for good, Adam Bonnett, Disney Channel’s Senior Vice President of Programming, told the New York Post: “You never know in this business… but right now we’re scheduled to wrap after shooting.”

Cyrus, who is the daughter of country singer Billy Ray Cyrus, first appeared on the show at the age of 17 and has since launched a successful pop and film career off the back of its global success.

Upcoming projects for Cyris include the drama The Last Song later this year and a cameo as herself in the forthcoming Sex & The City sequel.

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