After just one season, the daytime talk show got the ax from NBC due to poor performance in the ever-mysterious but omnipotent ratings. Ricki Lake, 44, recently made her return to daytime television after a nearly decade-long hiatus. Though Lake had a great run with the talk show format from 1993-2004, her recent comeback attempt has apparently not drawn in the audience needed to sustain it.
With The Ricki Lake Show canceled, Lake reassured fans she wasn't going away anytime soon in a statement Monday. "I will continue to be an active and passionate voice for subjects that are close to my heart through a variety of platforms."
Lake also said she was "proud of the shows we completed this season" and touched on issues she was glad to have raised awareness about, everything from parenting to suicide prevention and coming out. According to various reports, episodes due to be aired this season will air as scheduled.
News of the The Ricki Lake Show canceled comes after it was announced Anderson Cooper's daytime venture has run its course after two years. Much like Lake's format, Anderson Live aimed to tackle hard topics with a soft touch before a live audience. Both ashows were engaging enough, but perhaps too light in their approach to keep enough people coming back day after day.
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