The makers of the hit Channel 4 sitcom Will Grace, NBC, has announced that the series will end after eight years.

“It is a bittersweet moment for all of us at NBC to confirm that this will be the final season of the comedy Will Grace,” said NBC Entertainment President Kevin Reilly yesterday.

The show’s producers say that the series will end with a two-hour finale which will include a baby and a wedding. It is not known which characters will be involved in the two plots.

Will and Grace was America’s first successful sitcom based around gay characters and has won 14 Emmy Awards during its eight years on the air.

Earlier this month, John Barrowman, the gay star of Doctor Who revealed that he was told he was “too straight” to play the part of Will.

The 38-year-old actor who is well known across the world as Doctor Who’s bisexual sidekick Captain Jack Harkness claimed that offering the led role in the gay sitcom to a straight actor, Eric McCormack was typical of “homophobic” Hollywood.