Sad news from the world of Anderson Cooper today.
It has been confirmed by several outlets that the television personality’s Warner Bros. syndicated daytime talk show “Anderson Live” has been canceled. The show will come to an end at the completion of the summer 2013 season.
According to a story published in The New York Times, an unnamed studio exec cited low ratings for the move.
Upon hearing the news, Anderson released the following 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 grateful to Telepictures for giving me the opportunity, and I am indebted to the audience, who have responded so positively. I look forward to doing more great shows this season, and I'm sorry we won't be continuing, but I have truly enjoyed it.”
The show’s production company Telepictures backed Anderson's melancholy tone, releasing their statement:
“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.”
Sure, losing your talk show sucks, but it could also be a blessing in disguise. Watching the award-winning hard news journalist, who once was on scene during the Haiti earthquake and Hurricane Katrina, hosting a Bethenny Frankel-style daytime talk show tackling topics like “The Human Lie Detector” or “Backstage With Adam Levine” was just wrong. It was like watching David Beckham referee a soccer game during an elementary school recess break.
While it’s unfortunate that Anderson has to face the somber news at all, there’s no doubt that an all-star like this silver fox will bounce back on his feet.
He can focus his attention on stuff that actually matters like the topics in “Anderson 360” or go the Matt Lauer route, sign off completely as an esteemed source, and spend the rest of his career reporting on Youtube viral videos. The options are endless.