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Reasons Why Queen Latifah's Talk Show (And Other Celebrity Talk Shows) Were Canceled

Updated on December 19, 2014
Queen Latifah, star, writer, actress, now a statistic among canceled talk shows
Queen Latifah, star, writer, actress, now a statistic among canceled talk shows


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.

Even the dapper George Hamilton tried and failed as a talk show host
Even the dapper George Hamilton tried and failed as a talk show host


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.

Who could forget Jenny Jones?
Who could forget Jenny Jones?


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

Arsenio "Let's get busy" Hall
Arsenio "Let's get busy" Hall
Chevy Chase
Chevy Chase
Fran Drescher
Fran Drescher
Gabrielle "90210" Carteris
Gabrielle "90210" Carteris
The late Joan Rivers
The late Joan Rivers
Keenan Ivory "In Living Color" Wyans
Keenan Ivory "In Living Color" Wyans
Rikki Lake
Rikki Lake
Tyra Banks
Tyra Banks
Wendy Williams
Wendy Williams

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?


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    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama


      Thank you for your insightful comment.

      I agree with you on the money thing. I actually believe that money became THE measuring stick on how much a show was loved or not, but only in latter times.

      In the early age of TV, money was needed, but not "life or death." I miss those early shows.

      And yes, I am with you on the "some" talk/reality shows being junk. For some, junk = money.

      Come back anytime.

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      Diana Burrell-Shipton 

      3 years ago from Hubbard, Ohio, USA

      T.V. shows are to make money. Sadly, quality offers no guarantee of longevity.

      There are several shows talk/"reality"/drama/comedy... that are junk, but they make money and so last.

      Others that I really liked must not have made enough money because they weren't given much of a chance to get a loyal audience.

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama


      Oh, I never knew this about the UK. Actually, I do not watch ANY of the daytime "talks," as we call them. I just got trained to watch late-night talk shows. Besides, what you see in daytime you will see again at night. Thank you for your sweet comment.

      Hey, vkwok,

      Thank you so much, dear friend. I appreciate your reading, friendship and following.

      Hey, favored,

      LOL! Thank you for the very funny comment. Lack of interest for one is a line I will not any way soon forget. Thanks.


      Hey, bro. How have you been? Glad to see your comment and I agree with you. There are way too many talk shows on the air this day and time. Way too many to get interested in just one. Thank you for your comment and visit.


      Thank you, dear, for the angels and sweet comment. I appreciate you very, very much.

      Hey, aesta1,

      Do not feel bad. I am not a fan of daytime talk shows either. I had rather watch Headline News with my coffee in the morning and news and weather at night. The rest of my time, I do research on my hubs and projects. Thanks for your nice words.

      Nell Rose,

      How are you, girl? I have not heard from you since forever. Are you okay? I enjoyed your comment and I agree with it. Actors make terrible talk show hosts. Just ask any on this page. Thank you for your comment.


      Thank you for your nice comment and I agree with your points. Lack of being still and cultivating a sense of humor. That may be the one area that might save their shows and lack of interesting people and topics. (e.g. Jerry Springer).

      Dear vellur,

      Awee, you are so kind. Thanks for your support and comment.

      Kiss and Tales,

      I offer my sincere thanks to you also for your time, comment and special friendship.

      Hi, Rachael,

      You are so right. Talk shows are a tough business from what I have studied. The legends like Jack Paar, and Johnny Carson, are no longer the standards by which talk show hosts are measured or hired.


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      Chantele Cross-Jones 

      3 years ago from Cardiff

      We don't get most of these in the UK but have similar things happening here, very few last the long term Parkinson, Graham Norton and Jonathan Ross! But I think in the US its the same, you get the ones who just work, Oprah, Leno and New Queen of Talk Show Ellen!! (bit of an Ellen fan, even though we don't get it often!) Others just don't live up to the standards.

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      Victor W. Kwok 

      3 years ago from Hawaii

      Another great hub, Kenneth!

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      Fay Favored 

      3 years ago from USA

      Never saw any of these programs, so I guess they could have failed for a number of reasons. Lack of interest may be one.

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      3 years ago from Chicago

      Good points made here Ken. For one thing there are too many talk shows going on. Many are full of gossip and lack entertainment. We watch tv to see things that are interesting and to be entertained. Interesting hub here. Thanks for sharing!

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      Patricia Scott 

      3 years ago from sunny Florida

      I think too it is the fickle consumer...we do not always know what we want!!! Does that make sense??

      You have cited some plausible causes for the failure of some shows to thrive that were hosted by engaging personalities.

      Angels are on the way to you ps

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      Mary Norton 

      3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I am not a talk show enthusiast so I can't really say much about it. I just don't understand the humour most of the time. That makes me weird, I suppose, but am really not unhappy when some of them are replaced. Personally, I like Queen Latifah even if I don't watch much of her shows.

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      Nell Rose 

      3 years ago from England

      I think one of the main reasons that they fail is that if say an actor takes on a talk show they are lacking in one area, humor! they are so used to taking orders to stand there, act here, say those lines that they become pretty shallow to be honest, they are great talking about themselves but to appear interested in others enough to have a laugh and joke around, be interested in the guest etc is too hard for them! lol!

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      Kathleen Kerswig 

      3 years ago

      I have often wondered why some shows (in general) succeed and others don't. You brought up some interesting points that I never thought of before. Thanks for sharing! Hope you get the opportunity to show us how it can be done successfully!!! Blessings!

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      Nithya Venkat 

      3 years ago from Dubai

      An interesting analysis and yes I will definitely support your talk show. Great hub, voted up.

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      Rachael Lefler 

      3 years ago from Illinois

      Interesting! I think a talk show is a tough business, and a lot of celebrities can be very talented in their field and still not cut out for it. I loved the Tyra show though!

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      Kiss andTales 

      3 years ago

      Pretty interesting why some make it and some do not.

      Great hub !


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