Hulu Cancels 'I Love You, America With Sarah Silverman'

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Hulu is cutting ties with I Love You, America With Sarah Silverman.

Silverman, the show's creator and host, made the announcement Wednesday morning via her prolific Twitter feed. The variety-talk series, a mix of monologue, interviews and field segments designed to unite a politically fragmented country, debuted in late 2017 and released 21 episodes as part of its bifurcated first season.

The news comes on the heels of rival Netflix canceling its recent string of late-night efforts from comics Michelle Wolf and Joel McHale. The moves have called into question the streaming community’s ability to crack the topical format, a challenge in part because viewers come as they please to episodes that are often designed to feel timely.

Though Hulu, like its competitors, has never revealed audience metrics for Silverman’s series, I Love You, America did earn a coveted Emmy nomination this past fall in the variety sketch category. In fact, it was the streamer's only comedy nod, noteworthy as it looks to push further into the comedy sphere. Still, the acknowledgement from TV Academy voters (and later the WGA) was not enough to save the show. (Hulu confirmed the cancellation but declined further comment.)

I Love You, America is not owned by Hulu but rather by Silverman and Funny or Die. There is a universe in which the Silverman passion project could be swooped up by another outlet, if one found itself interested. In addition to critical goodwill, it offers what is a frighteningly rare commodity in the late-night space: a female at the helm.

"We are so proud of I Love You, America and congratulate Sarah, the producers and the entire team for engaging thoughtful conversation and showcasing such diverse points of view every week," Funny or Die said in a statement. "Whether it was connecting with firemen in Mineola, Texas, over ‘pooping their pants’ stories, or going on a blind date with a conservative lobbyist in D.C., Sarah’s commitment was boundless and there is nothing more to say than 'we lerve you' to the whole crew."