Miley Cyrus might be getting ready to hang up her "Hannah Montana" wig for good. The singer/actress, 15, told E! Online that the third season might mark the show's end. "We're thinking this is our last season," she said, explaining that she's been working on the program longer than most people realize. Just 11 when it began, she will turn 16 in November and seems willing to quit while she's ahead.
"I just think we did a lot of episodes," she told E!. "We basically did two seasons in one last year. Usually people would do one season [and] that would be, like, 16 episodes, and we did almost 30 episodes! ... It seems like it's been on, like, longer."
A representative for Disney was quick to respond to the news, saying, "Miley said it best when she said she's delighted to be part of the Disney family. ... We start production on the third season of 'Hannah Montana' on August 4 and have an option for a fourth season beyond that. We look forward to the 'Hannah Montana' feature film coming to a theater near you in spring 2009." A rep for Cyrus also chimed in, saying, "We do not know if this is the last season."
Even as Cyrus was saying she's thinking about leaving behind the alter ego that has turned her into a teen superstar, she was careful not to make it seem like she's bailing on Disney. "I'm still with my family," she said of the Mouse House. "You know, they're safe. They always feel like home. And that's what I love about the company. They are family."
Just as the scandal over her viral jab at Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato was dying down, Cyrus was hit with yet another photo scandal this week, at least her third one this year, this time involving some PG-rated shots of her apparently making out with an ex-boyfriend.
And though it's clearly a publicity stunt, Disney can't be happy about a new endorsement-gig offer Cyrus got this week. LifeStyles Condoms has offered Cyrus $1 million to become its spokesperson. "Pop culture proves that teens are more ready than ever to discuss the subject of sex," the company's VP of marketing said. "We believe that Miley is both influential and relatable to this afflicted set — and is the obvious choice to get the message of safe sex out to teens across America." A rep for Cyrus said they never received, and would not consider, the offer.