Last week a new rumor began circulating on message boards around the web that Passions will not be renewed by DirecTV for another season. This rumor has been confirmed by numerous members of the cast on their official websites, including Eric Marstolf (Ethan Winthrop), who states “This rumor is indeed true at this point. Passions is scheduled to stop shooting March 2008.” Tracey Ross (Eve Russell) addressed a similar message to a webmaster of a fan site. Liza Huber (Gwen Hotchkiss) has also offered a statement on her website: “Hi Everyone, Yes, it is true that Passions will finish taping at the end of March 2008. We will start airing 3 days a week on DirecTV which should last through summer of 2008. It has been a wonderful ride (although Gwen has completely lost her mind!) and I want to thank all of you for your amazing support for Passions through the years!”

No official statement has been made by NBC but DirecTV has just spoken with us to confirm cancellation news. The representative of DirecTV today assured us that though the show is the highest rated program on the satellite network, has not been canceled – yet. “No, it’s not been canceled. We’ve picked up an additional 52 episodes of Passions that will run through the summer.” She later let us know that “DirecTV has picked up an additional 52 episodes of Passions ensuring fans will get to see brand new episodes through summer 2008 when the show will conclude its run on DirecTV”.

NBC issued a public statement on Tuesday in which they echoed DirecTV‘s information. Here is the network’s official statement:

“We are pleased to announce that DIRECTV has ordered an additional 52 episodes of Passions so that fans will continue to enjoy brand new episodes of the show through Summer 2008 when Passions will conclude its run on DIRECTV. We’re excited that we can continue to bring more drama and excitement to fans and give them a chance to keep up with the intensifying storylines as they unfold over the next few months.” will continue to keep you updated on developments of this story as they unfold.