TV favourites Tom and Jerry are set to call a halt to their violent capers it emerged this week. The famous cat and mouse duo have been together since the 1930s but believe it's time to call it a day.
Tom said: "We've had some great laughs together but I'm getting on in years and only have two of my nine lives left. I want to enjoy them with my family rather than spend them running around getting hit with brooms, punched by bulldogs and having all my fur shaved off."
The pair laid their animosity aside during the war years to take on Adolf Hitler but as the world celebrated peace, Tom and Jerry got back to feuding.
Tom comments: "The war years were great. It was the only time I got a chance to win but I don't regret never catching Jerry. We're both trained actors and I know my role was to chase but never catch."
Jerry is currently touring with the Royal Shakespeare Company playing Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet.
Tom has seen the production: "It's a great show and Jerry really lights up the stage. Jerry asked me to join the production but Elizabethan theatre's not really my thing. I want to pursue my singing career and have done some voice over work on TV adverts. That dog on Churchill Insurance? That's me. Oh yes!"
Jerry was unavailable for comment, however, a close friend said: "He's sad at the split as him and Tom are great friends but he has to pursue his solo career as does Tom."
Tom quashed rumours of a reunion in the future: "It's not going to happen. We know it's best to quit while we're ahead and it's simply time to move on."
Fans can still enjoy the duo in action as they plan to release a DVD boxset of their antics in late autumn.