11:17am PT by Kate Stanhope
FYI Cancels 'Kocktails With Khloe'
It's last call for Kocktails With Khloe.
FYI has pulled the plug on Khloe Kardashian's primetime talk show, with the final episode set to air on April 20, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
The final episode of the series will feature special guests Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, John Legend and Chrissy Teigen.
"FYI and Pilgrim Media Group appreciate everyone’s great work on the series and are pleased that the show brought new viewers and significant numbers to FYI’s linear and digital platforms," FYI and Pilgrim Media Group, which produces the series, said in a joint statement. "We are grateful to have had the opportunity to work with Khloé and thank her for her hard work and unique voice that she brought to the series."
The decision is especially shocking given that it comes two months after FYI gave the primetime talk show an order for 15 additional episodes on top of the original eight-episode order Kocktails had received back in July 2015, when it was greenlit to series. That would have brought Kocktails With Khloe's season one count to 23 episodes. However, just 14 hourlong episodes of the show will be produced when the series goes off the air later this month.
The series was originally set to premiere in December 2015, but was pushed back to a January 2016 launch. Although a reason was not given for the delay at the time, many speculated that it had to do with the health struggles of Kardashian's estranged husband, Lamar Odom.
When speaking with critics in January, Kardashian said that nothing would be off-limits for the talk show, which saw the reality star welcome a mix of family and friends to discuss various subject matters over drinks. “It’s such a conversational show [and Lamar's health] does come up because it’s my life,” she said when asked about her estranged husband.
For FYI, the show was an important step in establishing the young lifestyle network, which is less than two years old. FYI also has shows with reality stars including Bethenny Frankel and Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi of Jersey Shore fame. FYI’s senior vp programming and development Gena McCarthy served as an executive producer on Kocktails alongside Kardashian and Pilgrim Group head Craig Piligian (The Ultimate Fighter, Fast N’ Loud, Wicked Tuna).
In addition to Kocktails, Kardashian also still stars on E!'s long-running Keeping Up With the Kardashians and is also set to host and exec produce a makeover show for the cabler, Revenge Body With Khloe Kardashian.