Anderson Cooper Canceled
By Jeremy Kinser
We'll always have his infectious giggles. The current season of Anderson Live, Anderson Cooper's daytime talk show, will be its last, reports New York Times.
The series, which recently underwent a creative makeover including a name change from just plain Anderson, will end its run next summer due to low ratings, an exec for Warner Bros. Domestic Television exec tells the Times.
Cooper, who will continue to appear in CNN's Anderson Cooper 360, released a statement, saying,“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."
WBTV's statement reads:
"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, who came out publicly as gay in July, expressed his aggravation that some viewed the decision as a ploy to gain ratings. Among those who offered public support was Kelly Ripa, who has publicly expressed that Cooper was her dream co-host for her own popular daytime series, before hiring Michael Strahan. "We have a connection like nobody else," Ripa told Us Weekly in August. "I worship him!"
The countdown to the end of Strahan's contract begins...