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The ABC sitcom will air its last episode on Tuesday after nine seasons, however the actors isn"t crying simply yet. ET"s Keltie Knight was via Patricia Heaton, Neil Flynn, Charlie McDermott, Eden Sher and Atticus Shaffer on set as they finimelted up filming on their series finale -- and revealed why now is the perfect time for the Heck family"s story to concerned a close.

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"There is only so much time you have the right to go. You don"t want to follow civilization for the whole lifetime of their characters, and the youngsters thrived up, and the story has been told, I think," Flynn explained. "It"s time to action out prior to it"s also late."

"I think that we were at the height of our game and also I think that"s exactly how you desire to leave," Heaton included. "You do not desire people pushing you out."


The cast and also crew wereoffered a season"s alert that the present would be coming to an finish this year, sufficient time to give the series a "fitting finishing," according to Sher.

"I think it"s satisfying... in a really choose, "Yes, that is the method it must end,""she revealed.

"This was a nice means of wrapping it all up and also trying to give clocertain to as a lot as to us, and also I think that this episode achieves that," Shaffer chimed in.


Nineteen-year-old Shaffer was really just a boy when the present premiered in 2009 -- somepoint that"s not lost on his TV paleas, or himself.


"I know we invested a great chunk of our lives below, but for these youngsters, it"sfifty percent of their life. It"s crazy," Flynn expressed.

"This is has actually been more than fifty percent my life," Shaffer shelp. "I"ve grvery own up, I"ve spent all my teenage years, a lot of of my childhood, here on the lot, and also I"ve told human being exceptionally honestly, "It is terrifying "reason this is the just point that I"ve known... There"s still going to be the emotional element of, "Oh wow, I"m not going to come ago to my lot that I love, that"s been my house ameans from home in a couple months." So tright here is going to be a weight to that."

Lucky for the cast, they"ll have a few props from collection to remember The Middle by.

"Tright here are a handful of posters in Sue"s room that are going up in my art room, up in my office," Sher confessed, as McDermott sassist he had actually his eye on a kitchen stool.

"I have a ton of scenes on it. It"s really comfortable," he reasoned.


Heaton, meanwhile, took one last possibility to poke a small fun at the Heck family"s humble household.

"Ifyou watch our collection, tright here is nothing that you will certainly really want," Heaton cracked. "Plus, they tag eextremely piece of crap on the collection that has actually a tag on it. They know what it is."

"I"m taking my director"s crack pipe," she joked.

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The series finale of The Center airs Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

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