Nick Cannon’s daytime talk show will end after one season.
The syndicated show titled Nick Cannon has been cancelled. Thursday will be the final day of production. Production informed staffers about the cancellation on Thursday as the show headed into an already planned five week hiatus.
The show will continue to air through May with pre-taped episodes.
“It’s never easy to cancel a production with clear potential but, after a great deal of deliberation and examining various options, we have made the difficult business decision to end production on Nick Cannon,” Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein, co-presidents of Debmar-Mercury, the series’ Lionsgate-owned producer-distributor, said in a statement. “We plan to offer viewers original episodes of the daytime talk show through the remainder of this season. Our thanks go to the very talented Nick Cannon and our wonderful production team, and we wish Nick continued success with his many hit ventures.”
Nick Cannon surrounded by controversy
The Nick Cannon show was originally scheduled to launch in fall 2020. But after a controversy involving Nick making anti-semitic remarks on his Cannon’s Class podcast, the production company pushed back the premiere date. After Nick did an apology tour, the spaces that cut ties welcomed him back, including CBS Viacom that produces his Wild ‘n’ Out show. Notably, FOX stood by him. His The Masked Singer hosting job was never in jeopardy.
At the time, Debmar-Mercury said in a statement: “We want to continue the healing process as he meets with leaders of the Jewish community and engages in a dialogue with our distribution partners to hear their views. We are standing by Nick in our hope that by fall 2021 he will be able to use his extraordinary talent and platform to entertain, enlighten and unite his audience on the Nick Cannon talk show.”
Ratings wise, Nick Cannon struggled. It averaged 568,000 daily viewers, ranking among the bottom third of first-run syndicated shows. As a comparison, the top syndicated talk shows, Live With Kelly and Ryan and Dr. Phil, garner between 2.3 million and 2.5 million viewers a day.
Between the controversy over Nick’s anti-semitism and a weird run of fathering a bunch of babies with different women in a short period of time, Nick’s had some bad publicity (notwithstanding sympathy after his baby son died). Nick is fine hosting talent and game shows. But the intimacy required to host a daytime talk show revealed him to be annoyingly narcissistic.