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No more 'MythBusters'; show will say goodbye in 2016

After 248 episodes, hosts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman will bid farewell to the popular-science Discovery Channel series next year.

Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage build robots and blow stuff up to teach and entertain us. Video screenshot by Bonnie Burton/CNET

For 13 years, hosts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman have built crazy contraptions and blown stuff up in the name of science. But after conducting 2,950 experiments, busting 1,050 myths and creating 900 entertaining explosions, the pair will say goodbye to the "MythBusters" series this winter.

Discovery Channel announced Wednesday that its longest-running series will return for one final season with Savage and Hyneman this January 9, 2016. Neither the Discovery Channel nor the show's hosts offered details on why the show is being canceled.

Both hosts did comment in a statement, however.

"Making MythBusters has fundamentally and irrevocably altered the way I think as a person, as an artist and as a scientist," Savage said. "I'm glad for the chance to say goodbye with some of the best television we've ever made. I will miss making this show."

Said Hyneman, "I never dreamed we would be on television at all, much less for such a long time and with so much praise for keeping a thought-provoking show on the air. And best of all, we were able to do what we do and still have all our fingers and toes."

As former special-effects artists, Savage and Hyneman put their love for proving or disproving movie magic into creating the kind of reality show that made audiences worldwide want to know whether it would be possible to survive being inside a free-falling elevator, or how to avoid drowning aboard the sinking Titanic.

Along with a supporting cast that featured Grant Imahara, Kari Byron and Tory Belleci (until 2014, when to many fans' dismay they were let go), the two tackled well-known movie moments, urban legends and unusual requests from fans on their show with a mix of scientific methodology and humor.

"Mythbusters" gained numerous well-known celebrity fans during its run, some of whom appeared on the show to help test various myths. Among these were Seth Rogen, James Cameron, Aaron Paul, Vince Gilligan, Sophia Bush and President Barack Obama.

Savage and Hyneman will end the series with some of the biggest myths they've tested, including car stunts, viral videos, rockets and explosions. Fans can submit their farewells using #MythYouGuys on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The best posts will be featured in the final season as the guys say their own personal goodbyes.

Fans can also celebrate with the Science Channel (Discovery Channel's sister channel) as it airs every episode of "MythBusters," starting on December 23 and ending on January 3. The Holiday Mega Marathon will air the episodes in chronological order, starting with "Jet-Assisted Chevy" and ending with "Star Wars: Revenge of the Myth."

What are your favorite "MythBusters" episodes?