“Ratings for the last few seasons have been declining,” says Variety, “and [MTV] decided to make the announcement five weeks before the final season so it can market it as the last, hoping that viewers who may have turned away will return to say goodbye.”
As a farewell special, MTV will air “Gym, Tan, Look Back” at 6 p.m. ET on September 6, right before the Video Music Awards. At 7 p.m. ET, the cast “will discuss the last season,” and we’ll get to see the first sneak peek at Season 6.