Two was not the charm for Queen Latifah.
“The Queen Latifah Show,” the rapper-actress’ syndicated daytime talk show, was canceled Friday by Sony Pictures Television, its home studio and distributor.
The show, which had trouble gaining traction in a crowded daytime TV marketplace, marks the second talk-show flop for Queen Latifah, whose real name is Dana Owens. Another program with the same title was canceled in 2001 after a couple of seasons.
“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,” Sony wrote in a statement provided by a representative. “Thank you also to our terrific station partners and advertisers who supported the show.”
In a Facebook message that hailed the show’s “incredible journey” without mentioning its pending fate, Queen Latifah wrote: “We truly changed people’s lives for the better.”
“Queen Latifah” got off to a strong start in September 2013, averaging 1.8 million viewers its first week, according to Nielsen. But ratings had fallen off sharply since, as Latifah struggled alongside rival shows from Ellen DeGeneres, Wendy Williams and others.
Original episodes will continue airing through March, Sony said.
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