BET has cancelled its only late-night talk show after just one season. The Rundown with Robin Thede was a mix of politics, news, and comedy all wrapped into one, and more importantly, hosted by a black woman. Something BET claims to want more of as they push shows like “Black Girls Rock.”
Thede’s Rundown was the only late-night show currently on television hosted by a black woman. Variety Magazine (@variety) reported, that the show started off strong and drew rave reviews, but somewhere along the lines ratings must’ve dropped off, leading to BET’S decision not to renew the show. Even though this Robin Thede show is coming to an end at BET, the network says that they will continue to work with her in the future.
“At this time BET Networks has decided not to renew ‘The Rundown with Robin Thede.’ We have so much love and respect for our Unicorn and look forward to finding ways to continue in partnership with Robin.” BET said in a statement.
I can’t lie. If it were me, I’d be salty. One season is not really enough time to know what a show is going to be. I understand the ratings game, but the cancellation after just one season seems a little premature to me. Thede is clearly a better person than I am. She wasn’t salty about the cancellation. Thede seemed to be more thankful for the opportunity.
“I’m thankful that BET took a chance on me and the show. I’m already in development on several other projects and I’m looking forward to hosting the TCA Awards on August 4th.” Thede told Variety Magazine in a recent interview.