Here’s another one for those of you who thought BET didn’t have any programming or talent standards.
After the rumor mill ran all morning yesterday, cast and crew members of the Mo’Nique Show were told yesterday afternoon that the show has been put on an “indefinite hiatus” just weeks before it was scheduled to start taping its third season.
But in a statement to the media, BET tried to play nice.
“The Mo’Nique Show will be on production hiatus beginning in the fall.” … Mo’Nique Hicks and The Mo’Nique Show are important to the BET Networks family and we look forward to continuing our relationship our with her.”
However, sources tell BOSSIP that BET actually gave Mo’Nique herself the ax, so don’t let the network’s little optimistic words fool you. It is unequivocally a wrap.
And here’s a little more proof.
The talk show, which Mo’Nique compared to a high-energy nightly party, lasted two seasons and had been taped in Turner Studios, which are now being used for BET’s show “Reed Between the Lines” through October. When I heard that earlier today, I wondered if that meant “Mo’Nique” was not coming back or had been moved to another studio. If her show were coming back, she would be taping by August. (Like many shows, it does not tape original episodes during the summer.)
This didn’t appear to be an issue of ratings. I didn’t have time to do an entire season’s check on ratings so I sampled four weeks in April, 2011 vs. April 2010. Ratings from April 5 to April 29, 2010 averaged 615,000 viewers a night. From April 4 to April 28, 2011, her show averaged 586,000. That’s only a five percent drop.
So the problem seems to have just been Mo’Nique. SMH. Folks win Oscars and start feeling themselves…