7 Celebrities You Forgot Had Talk Shows
When you’re a celebrity, you get a lot of things handed to you – movie roles, television gigs, endorsements and, on the odd occasion, a talk show. Many of us may not realize this, but there are a lot of celebrities out there who have had their own talk shows that we’ve all forgotten about. We probably don’t remember them because they failed miserably. Most of us have heard that Jon Stewart of “The Daily Show” will be retiring from the show at the end of 2015. This got us thinking about celebrities who have had talk shows that didn’t have the option of retiring gracefully – here are 7 celebrities who you probably forgot had their own talk shows!
7. Lily Allen
Lily Allen had her own music and chat program on BBC Three called “Lily Allen and Friends.” The audience of the talk show consisted entirely of her online friends who all signed up on the program’s website. Although the show was renewed for a second season, Allen put if off to focus on her music career. A year later, it was officially canceled.
It looks as though the show was aiming to tap into Allen’s popularity on social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace, which helped launch her career; however, it doesn’t sound like it was able to successfully do that. During the taping of the first episode, half of the audience walked out before the end of the show. Newspapers claimed that this was because they were either bored, didn’t find it amusing or found the atmosphere to be uncomfortable. According to Allen, the reason that many left was because the recording went on longer than expected.
6. Fran Drescher
In 2010, Fran Drescher was given her own daytime talk show, “The Fran Drescher Show.” The show was given a three-week trial and premiered in six cities on six Fox owned stations, which included New York’s WNYW, Los Angeles’ KTTV, Philadelphia’s WTXF, Phoenix ‘s KSAZ, Minneapolis’ KMSP and Orlando’s WOFL. While it debuted to strong ratings, the ratings declined through its run, which resulted in the show being shelved indefinitely. Only four episodes in total were aired.
Broadcast & Cable reported on the shows declining ratings. “Meanwhile the three-week test run of Debmar-Mercury and Fox’s Fran Drescher ended last week, averaging a 0.6 rating/2 share in the metered markets, down 25% from both year ago time periods and lead-in. In New York, the show averaged a 0.5 rating/2 share, down 29% from last year’s year ago time period average. Fran Drescher is not expected to be picked up to go to series,” they reported.