BET's The Mo'Nique Show Canceled
According to Rodney Ho of Access Atlanta, BET's The Mo'Nique Show has unceremoniously finished its run after 300 shows, two seasons, and a whole lot of hollerin'. After becoming the first African-American woman to host her own late night talk show, Oscar winner Mo'Nique Hicks, along with sidekick comedian Rodney Perry, was told that the show was to be on an "indefinite hiatus", a euphemism for cancellation. The show had been taping in Turner Studios, which is now being used for the new BET sitcom Reed Between the Lines, set to debut in October.
Ho indicates that the decision was not ratings based, as the show had only experienced a meek 5% year-to-year drop from its fairly solid perch, so it was likely a combination of creative and financial factors that sealed the show's fate. If I had to speculate, I would imagine that there were creative differences between the two sides and there wasn't enough financial incentive to keep the show on air, but that's just a (semi) educated guess. No matter the reasoning, The Mo'Nique Show was truly groundbreaking television and an asset to the BET brand.
Prior to her Oscar win and the introduction of her talk show, Mo'Nique was perhaps best known for playing Nikki Parker on UPN's The Parkers. She can next be seen in the comedy Bumped, starring Katie Cassidy and Kellan Lutz.
Why do you think The Mo'Nique Show was canceled? What do you think BET should put in its place? Are there any comedians and/or personalities out there that you'd like to see get their own talk shows?