Reasons Why Queen Latifah's Talk Show (And Other Celebrity Talk Shows) Were Canceled
ONE DAY YOU'RE FINE. NEXT DAY YOU'RE FALLING
Don’t ask me why that some talk shows hosted by current or former celebrities “get the axe,” for I am without answers. But take my word. If I did know, I would write a hub and go into major-details of the in’s and out’s of why the celebrity-status of some “stars” just didn’t stretch from stardom to success in interviewing people and delving into the scary arena of comical monologues.
I just plain do not understand this metamorphosis of a celebrity, by all standards—looks, appearance, sound of voice, who is a “blue chip” theater or film star such as Demi Moore, and when she is sought by a major network to host her own afternoon or evening talk show, after two and a half seasons, she gets her “walking papers,” from the network big wig’s without any sound reasons for shutting her show down. I guess this can get frustrating to a celebrity who is nearly financially-strapped and counting on a talk show to re-boost their career. Note: I was not referring to Moore.
IS SUCCESS OF A TALK SHOW MEASURED BY THE STAR'S BODY OF WORK?
The celebrity whose show bears their name has only the most-popular celebrity guests, the best house bands and announcers, so why are these shows canceled so quickly? One popular word pops to mind: Ratings. This is a measurement of where this show climbs on The Nelsen Ratings and the higher the ratings, the bigger the amount of cash this show makes for the network where it appears. Simple. Right?
See the photos of celebrities (on the right) on this page? They all had talk shows with “had” being the key word. The majority of their shows made their networks money and were popular with their fans, so what happened to their shows? I wish I knew.
THE TALK SHOW BUSINESS IS A "STRANGE MISTRESS"
In the “World War II Time,” whatever celebrity would lend his or her name to whatever cause—Savings Bonds, Support The Red Cross, and others, the cause would prosper. Even cigarettes. This is just a guess, but in this timeframe, celebrities were not as widespread as today. I believe that even “Lassie,” if she had been given her own (pardon the pun) dog show, it would succeed. She would stroll out, give her “dog-a-logue,” and sit down behind her desk and talk to other Hollywood stars such as Rin Tin Tin, Trigger, Fury, the Horse, and some human stars of film, stage and radio. My point. Back then, America loved celebrities, but today, America has become spoiled into choosing whatever talk show they want to watch hosted by whatever celebrity they want.
So, it is with a lot of faith and guesswork, I give you . . .
Reasons Why Queen Latifah’s Talk Show (and Others) Were Canceled
MISPRONOUNCING NAMES – of other celebrities. If the celebrity hosting their own show calls the star of a current hit movie, “Bob,” when their name is really “Mike,” this causes hurt feelings and this what the celebrity talk show host can live without.
UNPOPULAR GUESTS – just because a celebrity talk show host likes another celebrity does not guarantee their audience will love them also. Celebrities such as rappers who sing about killing cops, abusing women and kids, and rebelling against the U.S.A. will not be as accepted as a celebrity who works tirelessly to rebuilds a town that was destroyed by a tornado.
CAUSES THE HOST SUPPORTS – the above reason works against or for the celebrity talk show host too. If the host supports some belief that their audience does not support, this spells danger for the show. And especially if the celebrity seems to have this burning drive to talk about their controversial cause on every show. Causes such as “Preserve The Brown Bellied Micro-Snail,” that could be moved to a more-suitable forest, but protesters and the EPA have teamed-up to keep logging companies (that will furnish 4500 new jobs) out of this snail’s forest, some viewers may support a company who gives jobs to jobless Americans.
FADING STARS – with a career that most people do not remember are one of the reasons celebrities’ talk shows are canceled. Who wants to sit and listen to “Billy Tom Johnson,” the last glass-eater on earth talk about his “exciting” five-years he toured Europe and the United States eating glass as if it were ice cream.
UNFUNNY MATERIAL – used by the celebrity talk show host or by some comedians they ask to be on their show can lead to sponsors pulling their products making ratings shoot downward and we know what happens next.
INCORRECT MATERIAL – the celebrity talk show host’s staff gathers on the guest celebrities careers. Example: “So, ‘Millie Barnstein,’ when is your next book coming out?” ‘Millie BERNstein’: “Uhhh, well, I do not write books, I am starring in a new Broadway theater production raising awareness about orphan seagulls.” If this incorrect material keeps happening, the celebrity host best talk with TNT or USA Networks for they hire anyone.
CELEBRITY CLUMSINESS – can hurt a daytime or night-time talk show. When a celebrity talk show host is to assist a master magician and messes it up and embarrasses the magician or falls two or three times when demonstrating the correct way to ride a newly-designed bicycle, this can grow old quickly with viewers.
ANIMAL DANGERS – hawks, eagles, dogs and alligators, although handled by expert trainers, can stand for panic if they get into a wild mood. The celebrity talk show host must be briefed on the dangers of all animals that will appear on their show before they agree to be in their presentation, but if a wolf freaks-out and bites a member of the studio audience, this means lawsuit, or if it bites another celebrity guest, the tabloids will have a “fields day” with such errors.
GUESTS WITH DISGUISED PREJUDICED BACKGROUNDS – are pure “destruction,” to an up and coming talk show. Some of these modern-day jerks who promote racial bias, can hide this behind the veil of an innocent industry as fashion design naming it: “Fashionable White Sheets with Holes” for the young set of America can get a talk show sued or canceled or both if they appear on any talk show.
MUSIC GROUPS – with shady practices such as illegal drug promotion and other things that insult conservative viewers cannot help build a sturdy talk show, but only help to bring it down.
BAD DIRECTION, PRODUCING – leads to one thing: Out of work. Especially when the Executive Director forgets to give the Production Manager and staff his directions on what to cut and when. The same thing for the show’s producer who does not meet with his guests who sometimes say vulgar things but in a comical way. The producer should tell “this” brand of guest what to do and what not to do, if they want to appear on this show.
CELEBRITY INEXPERIENCE – in hosting their own talk show. I have read stories and watched documentaries on how tough it is to run a talk show. Stars like David Letterman, Johnny Carson, told just how frustrating and stressful it was to just sit and talk to people.
Note: I am not, by this piece, implying that the stars on the right or Queen Latifah, were ever guilty of these shortcomings in their shows. I am merely guessing. Kenneth.
But if “I” were to get offered my own talk show, can I count on YOU for your support?