Anderson Cooper's Talk Show Canceled

Looks like it’s back to hard news — or an unexpected revival of ABC’s The Mole – for Anderson Cooper. Warner Brothers will pull the plug on the silver-haired anchor’s daily talker Anderson at the end of its current second season, according to the New York Times. The show’s final episode is expected to air in summer 2013.

After struggling in the ratings during its first season, Anderson changed its format — adding a rotating roster of cohosts and taping live — for Season 2. Those tweaks were not enough to make the show a hit in an increasingly crowded talk-show field.

“I am very proud of the work that our terrific staff has put into launching and sustaining our show for two seasons,” said Cooper, in a statement. “I am also grateful to Telepictures for giving me the opportunity, and indebted to viewers, who have responded so positively. I look forward to doing more great shows this season, and though I’m sorry we won’t be continuing, I have truly enjoyed it.”



Comments (32)

  • Not a surprise. It was a two-year deal and he really just limped into this season. Oh well… next?

    Comment by TV Gord – October 29, 2012 10:47 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Bring back The Mole!

    Comment by jake – October 29, 2012 10:48 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I actually liked his show and thought it was much better then the group of new stuff out this year

    Comment by Amanda – October 29, 2012 10:49 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m okay with The Mole coming back, but he needs to take over at Live with Kelly & Michael. Michael is horrible and I think we all know that Anderson would have been hired had he not had his own show in development.

    Comment by Chris – October 29, 2012 10:49 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Agree 100%

      Comment by Pat Graney – October 29, 2012 10:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I think Michael’s doing a great job!

      Comment by TV Gord – October 29, 2012 10:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I have come to like Michael more then Kelly

        Comment by Amanda – October 29, 2012 11:14 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Same here. He is more talented than she is and seems to have more of a flair for it than she does. She was okay as Regis’ sidekick but she can’t carry the show.

          Comment by april-ann – October 29, 2012 11:22 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • While I agree that Anderson would have been a top contender had he been available, I also agree that Michael Strahan is doing a wonderful job on Live with Kelly and Michael. I’m Team Strahan all the way.

      Comment by LMSO – October 29, 2012 11:00 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • This!

      My thoughts exactly. It would appear the two front-runners to take over for Regis, Jeff Probst and Anderson, jumped the gun and are now both struggling. Poor timing!

      I think Michael is fine, and can be fun at times. I just think Anderson would have brought more weight to the show. But I think Kelly and Michael are doing fine in the ratings, so what do I know.

      Comment by Kevin – October 29, 2012 11:02 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I’m cynical enough to believe Cooper and Probst were offered their shows so they wouldn’t become Kelly’s co-host. Competing production companies didn’t want that show to become even more of a success than it already is.

        Comment by TV Gord – October 29, 2012 01:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Could not agree with this more. I can’t watch Live anymore. It is such a bad mix and truly does not work. I can’t believe they did this to a pretty solid morning show. Anderson would be excellent and has a chemistry with Kelly that is genuine, not forced. :)

      Comment by Kim R – October 29, 2012 01:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • You can’t just make jokes about The Mole coming back…it’s not nice to those of us who really miss it!

    Comment by Megan – October 29, 2012 10:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • You should try reruns of “The Waltons”.

      Comment by Miffy – October 29, 2012 11:28 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • loved that show!

      Comment by Elyse – October 29, 2012 12:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It’s too bad the timing didn’t work out for him to be Kelly Ripa’s cohost. They basically just turned his show into a bad imitation of Live, except with a Jerry Springer set. The 1st season of the show was much better.

    Comment by brandon – October 29, 2012 11:12 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I quite enjoyed the first half of the first season then things started to feel like they were headed toward the skevy Jerry Springer realm and I watched a lot less. I really don’t like anything about the new live format for season 2. It’s too bad the show didn’t work out because I like Anderson himself.

    Don’t think the Jeff Probst show is going to last either. I find the Ambush adventure very uncomfortable to watch and wish they would ditch it. JMO

    Comment by Susan^ – October 29, 2012 11:42 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I love my Anderson on a daily basis, he gets to be more himself on his talk show than he does on CNN. I hope the people at over at Live with Kelly see this as a huge opportunity!!! Love you Anderson! I will miss your show!!!

    Comment by Eric – October 29, 2012 11:47 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I used to love him, but stopped watching when he was biased towards certain guests. Not disappointed really.

    Comment by frontin – October 29, 2012 11:49 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I can’t agree with you more about the bias.

      Comment by Nick – November 28, 2012 03:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I enjoyed the show last year, and watched it nearly every day. I do not like the changes they made this year and have pretty much given it up. Sad that it’ll be gone though, it’s smarter than most of the crap on daytime tv.

    Comment by Lana – October 29, 2012 12:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I really wanted to like Anderson Live, but it went off the rails pretty quickly. The Honey Boo Boo episode just … No. Sorry, Anderson, but your talk show just wasn’t your best effort.

      Comment by BTM – October 29, 2012 06:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Live With Michael and Anderson!

    Comment by vdofan – October 29, 2012 01:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Live with Anderson.

      Comment by Federico – October 29, 2012 02:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • best news I’ve heard all day

    Comment by hopeful – October 29, 2012 04:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Nice to know you’re so pleased by all of the people that this puts out of work. You must be quite a humanitarian.

      Comment by TV Gord – October 29, 2012 04:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I think @hopeful just simply didn’t like the show. It doesn’t mean he/she is happy that people will be laid off.

        Comment by Nick – November 28, 2012 03:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • He should have done the show w/ Kelly, they seem to mix well. I don’t enjoy his solo show & I can’t watch her show any longer – just not the right mix of hosts. At least there is plenty of other talk shows to pick from at this point!

    Comment by Sean – October 29, 2012 11:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Anderson should stick to news and serious matters. I cringe when I see him discussing honey boo boo and the lohans.I want to see him in the middle of hurricanes, wars, and talking about political matters.
    Degrading himself down to Kelly/ The View like levels just doesn’t work for Anderson, who is clearly an intellectual.

    Comment by Mara – October 30, 2012 11:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • That’s too bad, I like to have a different Talk-Voice and one that actually makes sense and respects women. That’s both rare. I agree that rotating co-hosts – at least the ones they’ve got thus far – doesn’t work. Some of them just can’t shut up and need to be the center of attention. Or they are dumb and it’s embarrassing.

    I’d prefer it to be just Anderson without a co-host. Right now it oftentimes seems so hurried, there’s no time to get into any topic at all. 86 audience questions, too. Give the man some space to create. He’s worth watching.

    Comment by Fan X – October 31, 2012 07:47 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Anderson Cooper is smart, funny, and honest. He doesn’t need co-hosts. His shows are interesting and topical, and I enjoyed both formats. I don’t want to watch TV that is dumb-downed, and so shows like Anderson Live should not be cancelled.

    Comment by Carole – November 12, 2012 11:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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