The Queen has been dethroned.
Recording artist, actress and now former daytime talk show host Queen Latifah’s syndicated chatfest will shut down production at the end of the year, Sony Pictures Television confirmed Friday. Original episodes will continue to air on CBS affiliates nationwide until March 2015.
“We want to thank Dana, the producers and the entire staff of ‘The Queen Latifah Show’ for creating a program that we are all very proud of,” producers said in a statement. “Thank you also to our terrific station partners and advertisers who supported the show.”
Latifah penned a gracious letter on her Facebook page shortly after the announcement, thanking the entire “Queen Latifah Show” staff, crew and audience for their support. The Oscar nominee also made sure to give herself a pat on the back for helping launch the series into a two-season run:
Just a little note to say Thank You…
Thank you for your strong work ethic and great effort in getting The Queen Latifah Show off the ground and running.
Your dedication and sacrifice was crucial to the entire team, and in the face of intense challenges, you displayed “True Grit”!
Your Family, Partners, Staff and Crew showed up with you every step of the way. Be very proud of that! Not everyone can say the same.
You can also say you have been a blessing to and been blessed by amazing guests and incredible audiences for this show.
We truly changed people’s lives for the better.
So… STAY POSITIVE, STAY STRONG, and most importantly, STAY OPEN… There is so much more God has in store!
P.S. This letter is for me, my staff, my crew, and everyone who was by my side for this incredible journey. The most important thing in life is that you wake up every single day and take chances. No matter what the outcome…believe in yourself and continue to fly.
“The Queen Latifah Show” debuted Sept. 16, 2013 to promising results, boasting the second-best numbers of any daytime talk format since “The Dr. Oz Show” premiered in 2009. Latifah also nabbed a People’s Choice Award last January for “Favorite New Talk Show Host” just two days after the series had been renewed for a second season. Despite the strong start, however, ratings for “The Queen Latifah Show” declined steadily in the subsequent months, forcing CBS Television Distribution to declare an official cancellation.
The studio is now reportedly developing a new syndicated talk show with actor Jerry O’Connell.