Brian Hiatt
March 25, 2004 AT 05:00 AM EST

The only remaining Buffyverse show will end without an appearance from Buffy herself. ”Angel”’s May 19 finale will not include a cameo by Sarah Michelle Gellar’s vampire slayer, exec producer Joss Whedon tells ”We will deal with the issue of Buffy and how much she means to Angel and Spike,” Whedon told the website. ”But I want to end the show with the people who’ve been in the trenches together.”

Gellar had previously said she was open to appearing in the finale. But Whedon added that he didn’t want the finale to ”revolve around a guest star.” ”Angel” star David Boreanaz did return for the second-to-last episode of ”Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” but only briefly popped up in the season finale.

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