Public Radio International to stop distributing ‘This American Life’ radio program

Ira Glass attends "The Unavoidable Disappearance Of Tom Durnin" Opening Night at Laura Pels Theatre on June 27, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

Public Radio International is ending its 17-year-long relationship with the wildly popular radio program “This American Life,” hosted by Ira Glass. With an average weekly audience of about 2.2 million, and listeners tuning into 587 public radio stations across the United States for the program, this came as a shock.

“During our most recent negotiation, it became clear that our organizations’ expectations regarding our futures were different,” said PRI executive Julia Yager in a statement. But avid listeners of the show need not to fret just yet – “This American Life” will continue production and they have plans to announce a new distribution partner in the future, but have yet to nail down something solid.

“This American Life” will discontinue distribution through PRI on July 1 of this year, but public stations will still be able to air the program.