Anderson Cooper’s daytime talk show will end after this season

Former The Mole host Anderson Cooper’s daytime talk show has been cancelled and will end at the end of next summer, finishing its second season. The show it has significantly improved since last season (and since he came out), adopting a format that includes banter with generally strong co-hosts and airing live, but its ratings aren’t strong enough to justify a third season.

The New York Times reported that a studio executive cited “disappointing ratings” in a “talk television market has been struggling to build audiences.” The paper notes that talk shows from Ricki Lake and Survivor host Jeff Probst “have fared poorly,” suggesting they might not be long for this world, either.

Anderson said in a statement, “I am very proud of the work that our terrific staff has put into launching and sustaining our show for two seasons. 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.”

Earlier this month, his co-host was Bravo’s Andy Cohen:

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