3:52am PT by Scott Roxborough
E! Cancels Busy Philipps' Talk Show 'Busy Tonight'
E! will not be renewing Busy Philipps' late-night talk show Busy Tonight after the show wraps up its freshman season this month.
Philipps posted a video to Instagram late Sunday announcing the news that E! was canceling the show, which premiered Oct. 28. The final episode is set to air May 16.
In her post, Philipps said "we are very proud of the show" and the team was in talks with other networks to try and find another home for the series. Produced by Tina Fey’s Little Stranger banner and Wilshire Studios, Busy Tonight airs four nights a week and features the actress and social media influencer commenting on pop culture and doing celebrity interviews with the likes of Mindy Kaling, Kim Kardashian, Daniel Radcliffe, Michelle Williams and even Oprah.
"Busy Tonight’s last episode for E! will air Thursday, May 16, with a special celebratory half-hour. Busy is a hilarious and charismatic talent and we are grateful to the entire Busy Tonight team who has delivered countless laughs and heartwarming moments in what will be over 100 episodes," an E! spokesperson said in a statement.
According to Nielsen ratings, the show attracted a largely female audience with a median age of 43, considerably younger than the average broadcast and cable late-night talk show audience.
E! originally programmed Busy Tonight at 10 p.m., but moved it to 11 p.m. when it returned Jan. 7. At the time, Philipps called the program shift a “vote of confidence” from the network. Commenting on the cancellation, the actress added it was “lame” that there would “just be one woman in late night at a time.”
Busy Tonight is scheduled to run four more episodes this week and four episodes next week before its end. Given the late-night nature of the Instagram video, E! has yet to comment.