Anderson Cooper’s talk show Anderson will not be returning for a third season, The New York Times reports.
A studio executive cited Anderson‘s disappointing ratings and said Monday that the entire talk show market has been struggling to build audiences. The executive also said that the studio “could have renewed the show but could not create a viable economic business model to move forward.”
The syndication unit of Warner Brothers issued a statement regarding the show’s cancellation Monday:
“We are extremely proud of Anderson and the show that he and the entire production team have produced. While we made significant changes to the format, set and produced it live in its second season, the series will not be coming back for a third season in a marketplace that has become increasingly difficult to break through. We will continue to deliver top-quality shows throughout next summer.”
Cooper also released a statement:
“I am very proud of the work that our terrific staff has put into launching and sustaining our show for two seasons. I am also grateful to Telepictures for giving me the opportunity, and indebted to viewers, who have responded so positively. I look forward to doing more great shows this season, and though I’m sorry we won’t be continuing, I have truly enjoyed it.”
Other shows, such as Katie Couric’s Katie, and Ricki Lake’s new talk show, have been performing poorly as well.
Anderson Cooper was on assignment in New Jersey for CNN Monday covering Hurricane Sandy.
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