"Kristen Bell has always been and will always be the voice of Gossip Girl," the producers said in a statement on Thursday.
In July, WarnerMedia's upcoming streaming service gave a straight-to-series order for a new Gossip Girl series with original executive producers Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage and Josh Safran -- who served as showrunner for the final seasons -- all returning. Schwartz talked about the reboot a month later to a small group of reporters, including ET, at the Television Critics Association summer press tour, where he said he was hopeful about Bell's return.
"Until we know that, I can't even imagine anyone else doing that," he said.
As for what a reboot of Gossip Girl -- which starred Blake Lively, Penn Badgley, Leighton Meester, Chace Crawford and Ed Westwick -- will look like after going off the air in 2012, Schwartz said it definitely won't be as dark as HBO's much-talked-about series revolving the lives of teens, Euphoria.
"It won't feel button-pushing just for the sake of being able to do it," he noted. "Maybe a couple of s**ts we'll throw in there just 'cause we can. You don't ever want it to feel gratuitous or something that you're doing just because. Luckily, we'll be airing post-Euphoria, so anything we do will seem tame by comparison. I don't think we'll be that controversial."