Howerton plays Dennis on the long-running comedy, which has already been renewed for seasons 13 and 14. The cast also includes Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day, Kaitlin Olson, and Danny DeVito.
Speaking to The Wrap, Howerton said the show is going on an “extended hiatus” after season 12 ends and he’s not sure if he’ll return:
The option to come back is there, is in place. It’s very much a creative decision. … Without dancing around it too much… anything is possible. It is possible but it’s hard for me to say what seems probable at this point. It’s definitely not a foregone conclusion that I won’t be coming back.
I want to service the show as best I can, and if we decide the best thing for the show is for Dennis to leave, or at least leave for a while for whatever reasons we come up with, then that’s what we’ll do. If we decide it really is best for the show for my character to come back in some capacity then that’s what we’ll do.”
Recently, Howerton joined a new NBC pilot with Patton Oswalt. Additionally, It’s Always Sunny castmember Kaitlin Olson stars in FOX’s new comedy The Mick, which has been renewed for a second season. Though, Howerton notes that Olson will continue to star on It’s Always Sunny through season 14.
The season 12 finale of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia premieres tonight, March 8th, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on FXX.
What do you think? Are you a fan of It’s Always Sunny? Do you think Howerton should stay or leave?