Daytime talk show canceled after 8 seasons
After weeks of rumors that Fox’s daytime talk show The truth would be canceled at the end of its eighth season, the network confirmed that the series would end. The show originally premiered in a summer 2013 test session before being picked up for a full season. There have been a series of host changes. When it first premiered, Loni Love, Adrienne Bailon, Tamar Braxton, Jeannie Mai and Tamera Mowry were the roundtable hosts. Braxton was fired in 2016 and the series has struggled to find its footing, with many fans and insiders complaining about Braxton’s acrimonious exit. Braxton accused Love of conspiring to get her fired. She was eventually replaced by Amanda Seales, who left the show after just six months, citing producers’ censorship rules. Housley quit after seven years and was replaced by The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star, Garcelle Beauvais. Now the show is over.
A drop in ratings would be the cause of the show’s cancellation. According to Deadlinethe decision to cancel the show is unrelated to the network’s green light for several new talk shows. The Jennifer Hudson Show is expected to begin airing this fall. Sherri with Sherri Shepherd will also be presented this fall as an official replacement for Wendy Williams.
Ahead of the news, Bailon revealed in a podcast appearance alongside Amanda Seales on Small Doses that if the show ever ended, she would move full-time from Los Angeles to her hometown in New York to start a family. . She said she preferred her children to be rooted in a big city. Mowry moved to Napa full-time to run his family’s wine business and has since launched his own YouTube channel and has projects with the Hallmark Channel. Braxton continued on reality series such as Braxton Family Values, Tamar & Vince, get your life and Celebrity Big Brother.
Despite the cancellation and the behind-the-scenes drama that has unfolded over the past few years, The truth had a lot of success. It is Warners/Telepictures’ third longest running syndicated daytime talk show, behind Ellen and The Jenny Jones Show. It’s also the most unconventional, marking the first syndicated daytime talk show whose stars were all women of color with millennial audiences. The truth received three Daytime Emmys and two NAACP Image Awards.
Love took to Instagram to respond to the cancellation. According to her, the pandemic is responsible for the end of the show. “We shot 7-8 shows in three days, with no audience, we turned a conference room into a studio, but in my opinion the costs of COVID killed this show,” she wrote. It’s been a great ride, and thank you to the studio for enabling eight Emmy-winning and historic seasons of the show. Most importantly, thank you viewers for riding with us,” she added.
In an interview with Shadow and act, Beauvais spoke of the show’s staying power, saying the growing viewership is credited with its success. “The show has been on the air since 2013. So let’s say the audience members were 25 when the show started, now they’re much older,” she told the outlet. “There are different things that we talk about. Now the audience that started with us wants to know how to manage your money, how to manage expectations. And there are things that are sometimes heavy, but sometimes we make it so light. But people are really talking about it in the real world, so we should be talking about it too.”