In a statement on Monday, it was announced that “Anderson Live!” would be ending come this May after just two seasons on the air. This is particular sad news when you consider that this was actually one of the more interesting shows on the market, as it combined someone who was smart and spoke to all audiences with the same sort of celebrity and wellness fare that you would expect to see from a talk show. In an effort to boost the ratings, the show went to a live format that featured Anderson Cooper alongside a guest co-host every day, where they would talk about issues and do interviews.
Here is what Cooper, who will continue to host his evening news show on CNN, had to say about this decision:
“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 [producer] 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.”
Really, one of the biggest issues that “Anderson Live!” ran into was really competition within this space, as the show was squaring off against Katie Couric (who has a similar journalistic style), Ellen DeGeneres, Rachael Ray, Steve Harvey, Jeff Probst, Ricki Lake, and many more. There were really just too many cooks in the kitchen, and Cooper’s show became lost in the shuffle.
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