feature leavingps PRS announces they will not return to “Paranormal State” after 5th season.

BREAKING State College, Pa. After five seasons, Ryan Buell and his team have decided to sign off.  Buell announced a few days ago, via his blog (http://www.ryanbuell.net) that he would not be returning to “State” after he completes the rest of the fifth season.  The rest of the cast also announced their intent to walk away.

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Buell’s main reasons for walking away from “State” involved both personal and professional issues, also stressing that he wished to pursue other projects.

A direct quote from Buell’s statement:

It wasn’t easy coming to this decision.  There are a lot of factors involved.  The main one, of course, is that I’ve become a different person.  I have different goals and views on things.  That doesn’t mean I’m giving up investigating.  I want to make that very clear.  PRS will still remain.  In fact, it means I will be able to put more time in to the things that I’ve had to put on hold for the past 5-6 years, such as private research and investigations, UNIV-CON, building the society and more.  We put our dreams and aspirations on hold because we believed in the possibility of doing a show about PRS.  And like I’ve already said, it has made an impact on many levels.  But now it’s time to move on to other possibilities.  I have other projects that I’ve had to sit on because I’ve been so preoccupied with “Paranormal State.”

The rest of season five will air sometime later in 2011.

Second Update: PRS member Sergey Poberezhny has just released a statement on his official site:

“I thought it would be fitting to continue from here with the news that you all may or may not have heard: our decision to make this the last season of Paranormal State. The choice was not made lightly; but something that we have been thinking for quite some time.”
Third Update: Guest investigator and PS film director Chad Calek has also released a statement via his Facebook:

What I’ve always loved about Ry and the entire PRS team, is that their feelings about Paranormal State always mirrored mine. It’s a blast to be a part of. It’s truly a once in a lifetime opportunity. It’s something we should all embrace while we choose to do it. But in the end, none of us “need it” to be successful in life. We all have talents, goals, projects and dreams that far exceed Paranormal State.

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