This just in. CNN thankfully decides to put its viewing audience out of its collective misery and cancels D.L. Hughley's late night "interview" show. For "budgetary constraints", reports Broadcasting & Cable.
D.L. Hughley Breaks the News debuted last fall to less than
stellar reviews. The show averaged 751,000 viewers (284,000 in the
25-54 demo) for its 18 episode run. It peaked in its second week with
1.5 million viewers.
According to a CNN statement, Hughley, who lives in Los Angeles, wanted to move the show there so that he could be closer to his family. But budgetary constraints precluded a move. Hughley will continue at CNN as "contributor" based in Los Angeles.
"We are eager to continue our relationship with D.L., who is a tremendous talent and a valued colleague," said the network in a statement.
D.L. Hughley Breaks the News, just like its host, was spectacularly unfunny. The interview segments were awkward and forced. Hughley's provincialism and g-fab homophobia was never far from the surface.
Remember when Hughley insisted, "I'm not particularly homophobic"? That was during the interview with Dan Savage—the race-obsessed sex columnist who continues to blame blacks for the passage of Proposition 8. Hughley ranted that gays were not "the next civil rights movement" and the situations were not at all comparable—as if there were no black gays who had to sit on the back of buses or who were lynched or denied voting rights. The president disagrees. Happy trails Darryl Lynn.