Those of us cooped up on our couches while Hurricane Sandy rages outside at least have the small comfort of watching Anderson Cooper‘s charming talk show Anderson Live to pass the time. But when we invariably have another hurricane next year, something will be missing.
The Hollywood Reporter just broke the sad news that this current season of Anderson will be the show’s last, and that Warner Bros. Studios will not be renewing the talk show for a third season. I know—this makes no sense, right?
The studio claimed that even though they made radical changes to the show for its sophomore season, like filming it live and bringing in more celebrity guests, it wasn’t enough to match the ratings of programs like Live with Kelly and Michael or Katie Couric‘s new talk show. But really, who’s watching Katie? Add that to the fact that Bethenny got cancelled as well, and it’s bullshit that we don’t get to watch this silver fox be adorable on daytime TV anymore.
I imagine that Anderson’s reaction face looked something like the photo to the left, but — and we expected no less — he’s stayed silent over Twitter. He did, however, release this statement through his reps:
“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.”
We at Crushable are just baffled at the justification behind this. Anderson’s show has had such great stories lately. Even though he’s had on the same reality TV guests as other shows, somehow their presence on his show elevates them. Or at the very least, Anderson’s utter confusion and exasperation allows him to ask the questions that we always want to.
Then again, to be honest, I only ever watched the videos from his episodes. (Mostly because I was at work whenever his show aired, but also because people my age don’t really watch daytime TV.) His videos had a knack for going viral. So at the very least, I hope he does more web-only content. Because yes, daytime TV is a tough field to conquer, especially when you have seasoned vets like Ellen DeGeneres. But I’d hazard to say that Anderson’s giggle matches Ellen’s dance moves any day.
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