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'Conchords' Stars to Take a Year Away From Spotlight

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Aug 08, 2009 | 9:24am EDT

Flight of the Conchords stars Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie are set to take a year-long break after wrapping the second season of their hit TV series.

The New Zealand comedy duo were catapulted into the spotlight after their show became a cult hit after its 2007 debut, and their comedy album The Distant Future won a Grammy Award the following year.

But the pair will now take a break as they contemplate the next step in their careers.

Actor Rhys Darby, who plays the pair's manager Murray Hewitt on Flight of the Conchords, tells NME.com, "I'm open to whatever Bret and Jermaine want, it's their baby and I'm just along for the ride. I know they're going to take a year off, but there's already a bit of pressure already from people saying, 'How can you end this thing now?' There's no decision made."

The funnymen have been approached to write a third season, but Darby insists they are considering all their options.

He adds, "There's been orders for another season but I know the guys have a British mentality where you create something, you finish it and move on. We're being pulled different ways. Even if we do go on, there are different options there. Do we do a Christmas special, or a film or even turn it into a stage show and tour the world with it? It's still a full on 'who knows?' scenario!"

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