Disney Channel fans said goodbye to Hannah Montana 10 years ago when the show’s final episode aired on January 16, 2011.
The musical series starring Miley Cyrus, Emily Osment, Mitchel Musso, Jason Earles, Billy Ray Cyrus and Moises Arias followed the story of a teenage girl who lived the best of both worlds, literally. By day, Miley Stewart was your average California teen, but when the sun went down, she performed for millions of screaming fans as Hannah Montana. The show was so popular during its time on the network, it even spawned a blockbuster spinoff film, The Hannah Montana Movie.
Throughout its time on the air, Hannah Montana was known for its catchy tunes — sung by the star herself — and important lessons it taught viewers, one of the most important being about friendship. The cast and those who originally watched the series may be all grown up, but there’s still some hope for a possible comeback.
When celebrating the show’s 15-year premiere anniversary in March 2021, Miley herself penned a heartfelt letter to the character of Hannah.
“Hi Hannah, it’s been a while. 15 years to be exact. Since the first time I slid those blonde bangs over my forehead in the best attempt to conceal my identity, then slipped into a puke-pink terrycloth robe with a bedazzled ‘HM’ over the [heart]. I didn’t know then … that is where you would live forever,” the actress wrote in an Instagram post. “Not just in [my heart], but [in the hearts of] millions of people around the world. Although you are considered to be an ‘alter ego,’ in reality there was a time in my life when you held more of my identity in your glove than I did in my bare hands.”
Miley remembered Hannah as “a rocket that flew me to the moon and never brought me back down,” and noted that they’ve “been through it all together.” The former Disney Channel star concluded her message and wrote, “Hannah, I hope you hear me and believe those words are true. You have all my love and upmost gratitude. Breathing life into you for those six years was an honor.”
As they say, all good things must come to an end. But what was the real reason Hannah Montana finished up when it did? And will it ever come back to TV? Scroll through our gallery for all the details!
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