Anderson Cooper’s show, Anderson Live, will not be renewed for a third season. The daytime talk show has been canceled. New episodes are slated to run through next summer.
“I am very proud of the work that our terrific staff has put into launching and sustaining our show for two seasons,” Cooper said in a statement on Monday. “I am grateful to Telepictures for giving me the opportunity, and I am indebted to the audience, who have responded so positively. I look forward to doing more great shows this season, and I’m sorry we won’t be continuing, but I have truly enjoyed it.”
Warner Brothers told Deadline.com, “We are extremely proud of Anderson and the show that he and the entire production team have produced. While we made significant changes to the format, set and produced it live in its second season, the series will not be coming back for a third season in a marketplace that has become increasingly difficult to break through. We will continue to deliver top-quality shows throughout next summer.”
On July 2, 2012 Anderson Cooper wrote an email to a friend and essentially came out of the closet in a move that journalists had been waiting for in vain. In the email to Andrew Sullivan, Anderson wrote, “The fact is, I’m gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn’t be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud.”
Adding, “I have always been very open and honest about this part of my life with my friends, my family, and my colleagues. In a perfect world, I don’t think it’s anyone else’s business, but I do think there is value in standing up and being counted. I’m not an activist, but I am a human being and I don’t give that up by being a journalist.”
The newly out reporter will continue his work on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 and 60 Minutes.