The Bold Type Renewed for Fifth and Final Season: 'It's Been Hard Keeping This a Secret'

The Bold Type will end after its upcoming fifth season.

The Freeform dramedy has been renewed for a six-episode final bow, reps for the series shared on social media Wednesday, alongside a video of a recent table read from the upcoming season.

Those involved in the virtual read for the first episode, titled "Trust Fall," included Katie Stevens, Aisha Dee, Meghann Fahy, Melora Hardin, Matt Ward, Stephen Conrad Moore and Nikohl Boosheri.

"It's been hard keeping this a secret. We've actually been working on scripts since November and so glad we can finally share that we're baaaaaack," read a tweet from the show's writers.

The Bold Type, which premiered in 2017, follows three friends — Jane (Stevens, 28), Kat (Dee, 27) and Sutton (Fahy, 30) — who work at the fictional Scarlet magazine in New York City, and explores the ups and downs of their personal and professional lives. The show is based on the life of former Cosmopolitan editor-in-chief Joanna Coles.

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Showrunner Wendy Straker Hauser told The Hollywood Reporter that she "will miss [the series] terribly, but I am so grateful for the opportunity and glad to know it's been a comfort to so many people out there."

"The Bold Type has been a gift that has truly changed my life. I spent my 20s in New York City working in magazines, so in many ways the show feels very personal to my experiences," she added.

Freeform President Tara Duncan told THR that she considers The Bold Type "a brand-defining show" for the network, noting, "It's been refreshing, relatable and fun to watch Kat, Jane and Sutton lean on their friendship to navigate the complexities of modern life."

"It's one of my favorite shows, and I am proud that we are giving the series the sendoff Wendy, the incredible cast and crew, and the beloved fans all deserve," Duncan added.

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Dee, Fahy and Stevens chatted with PEOPLE Now back in 2018 about embracing some of the tougher issues on the show.

"The way we choose to show certain things … it feels like we're being as honest as we can," said Fahy.

Dee made headlines last summer when she called for more diversity on The Bold Type, both onscreen and behind the scenes.

While detailing her own experiences in her childhood and on the show, she wrote, "I am ready to push harder and speak louder for what matters to me: The diversity we see in front of the camera needs to be reflected in the diversity of the creative team behind the camera."

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