Loni Love on ‘The Real’ Being Canceled: “Covid Costs Killed This Show”
Written by torresanz on April 11, 2022
This week it was revealed that, after eight seasons on the air, ‘The Real’ has been canceled.
The confirmation of the Fox talk show’s end arrived on the heels of rampant speculation, which saw the news of its axing preempted to the point that some of the cast were forced to address the matter – seemingly before a firm decision had even been made.
With the fate of the series finalized, anchor Loni Love has opened up about the cancelation and shared insights into some of what was transpiring behind the scenes.
Writing on social media, the 50-year-old said:
“In the end, The Real cast and crew did everything we could to scale the show down. We shot 7-8 shows in 3 days, no audience, made a conference room into a studio, but in my opinion, Covid costs killed this show…it’s been a great ride, and thank you to the studio for allowing 8 seasons of a show that was Emmy winning and historic. Most importantly thank you to the viewers for riding with us…this is not goodbye but see you all soon!
Upon its launch in 2013, ‘The Real’ was led by Love, Adrienne Houghton, Jeannie Mai, Tamera Mowry, and Tamar Braxton. Its current line-up sees comic Love host alongside Houghton, Mai, and Garcelle Beauvais.
The end of ‘The Real’ adds to what is unquestionably a huge shake-up of the talk show sphere. For, at the end of the current TV season, ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show,’ ‘The Wendy Williams Show,’ ‘Maury,’ and ‘Nick Cannon’ will all be ending.
While in the Fall, several new titles will be entering the notoriously competitive talk space including ‘The Jennifer Hudson Show’ on Fox and Sherri Shepherd’s ‘Wendy’ replacement.