Tweaked format this fall did not help ratings
Anderson Cooper’s foray into daytime television is shaping up to be more like the short run of Nate Berkus than the extended stay of Ellen DeGeneres.
The openly gay CNN newsman’s show, Anderson Live, is still early in its second season but it was announced on Monday (29 October) that it will not be returning for a third year.
‘I am very proud of the work that our terrific staff has put into launching and sustaining our show for two seasons,’ Cooper said in a statement. ‘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.’
Berkus had his show axed earlier this year after two seasons as the daytime talk show landscape welcomed Katie Couric, Steve Harvey, Jeff Probst and Ricki Lake to a schedule that already includes Wendy Williams, The View, The Talk, Live With Kelly and Michael and Ellen DeGeneres who began her tenth season this fall.
Cooper, who came out publicly as a gay man over the summer in an email to journalist Andrew Sullivan, showed right away that the second season of his show would be different from the first when he discussed his sexuality for the first time ever on television.
He also has welcomed various guest hosts including Kristin Chenoweth, Andy Cohen, Lisa Ling, and Suze Orman.
The show, which earned an Emmy nomination this year, will remain in production.
‘We will continue to deliver top-quality shows throughout next summer,’ the spokesperson said.
Cooper remains host of a nighty show on CNN and a correspondent for 60 Minutes of CBS.