This may be hard to believe, but it’s been exactly 12 years since the cast of The Suite Life of Zack and Cody took their final bow. Yep, the show’s final episode aired on September 1, 2008, and it’s seriously shocking how fast time has gone by! For those who forgot, after the stars officially took over the Tipton hotel, they went out to see for the show’s spinoff series The Suite Life on Deck, which premiered a few weeks later. Since then, both shows have become some of the most iconic series in the network’s history and fans were devastated when they both came to an end.

As fans know, the original, hilarious series starred Dylan and Cole Sprouse, Ashley Tisdale, Brenda Song, Phill Lewis, Kim Rhodes, and it was all about identical teenage twins Zack and Cody who have to live in a hotel after their mom lands a job there. The twins turn the hotel into their playground, constantly playing tricks on Maddie Fitzpatrick, the teenage candy-counter girl, and London Tipton, the daughter of the hotel’s owner. When its spinoff premiered, new cast members — like Debby Ryan — were introduced and the twins continued their high jinks. Except this time, they were on a ship instead of in a hotel.

Between the epic laughs, star-studded guest stars and meaningful lessons, both The Suite Life of Zack and Cody and The Suite Life on Deck were incredible shows! So, why did they have to come to an end? Well, J-14 did some investigating, and we just uncovered the real reason why the epic Disney Channel shows were forced to go off the air. Scroll through our gallery to find out why the Suite Life shows really ended.

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