Aaron Sorkin, the creator of NBC’s award-winning White House drama The West Wing, informed Warner Bros. Television Thursday he is leaving the series after this season.
“This has been the experience of any writer’s dreams,” Sorkin said in a statement. “I had the best job in show business for four years and I’ll never forget that.”
The move comes as The West Wing, now in its fourth season, saw a dramatic dip in ratings in its 9 p.m. Wednesday slot against ABC’s The Bachelor and Fox’s American Idol. According to The Associated Press, there had been reports of tension between Sorkin and Warner Bros. Television and the studio had reportedly cautioned him about budgets and production delays.
The show will continue under executive producer John Wells, whose other series include NBC’s ER and Third Watch. He said a team of writers, directors and producers has been assembled to help in the transition.