12:24pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Queen Latifah Show' Canceled
It's official: The Queen Latifah Show has been canceled.
The syndicated daytime show from Sony Pictures Television will shut down production at year's end. Originals will continue to air on CBS stations through March but cease afterward.
"We want to thank Dana, the producers and the entire staff of The Queen Latifah Show for creating a program that we are all very proud of," producers SPT said in a statement. "Thank you also to our terrific station partners and advertisers who supported the show."
Latifah announced the news on her Facebook page with a letter to herself as well as the staff and crew:
Just a little note to say Thank You…
Thank you for your strong work ethic and great effort in getting The Queen Latifah Show off the ground and running.
Your dedication and sacrifice was crucial to the entire team, and in the face of intense challenges, you displayed “True Grit”!
Your Family, Partners, Staff and Crew showed up with you every step of the way. Be very proud of that! Not everyone can say the same.
You can also say you have been a blessing to and been blessed by amazing guests and incredible audiences for this show.
We truly changed people’s lives for the better.
So… STAY POSITIVE, STAY STRONG, and most importantly, STAY OPEN… There is so much more God has in store!
P.S. This letter is for me, my staff, my crew, and everyone who was by my side for this incredible journey. The most important thing in life is that you wake up every single day and take chances. No matter what the outcome…believe in yourself and continue to fly.
The decision to cancel the syndicated series comes after the daytime talker — which ran for two seasons — has not been the ratings performer that CBS-owned stations had hoped.
UPDATE: The Man In The Middle, the daily talk show starring Jerry O'Connell which CBS Television Distribution has been developing, is no longer a candidate to go national in 2015. CBS declined comment but industry sources said it is not going forward at this time.