- The E.W. Scripps Company announced that Kellie Pickler's talk show with Ben Aaron, Pickler & Ben, is getting cancelled
- This means that the daytime series, which premiered in September 2017, will have only run for two seasons.
The daytime talk show sphere has evolved into a competitive arena, but one lifestyle series managed to quickly emerge as a fan favorite—Pickler & Ben. Run by co-hosts Kellie Pickler and Emmy-winning journalist Ben Aaron, the feel-good program takes place in a Nashville farmhouse-styled studio, where an impressive lineup of special guests and experts (including Reba McEntire!) discuss everything from cooking to decorating to gardening. The first season alone rightfully landed three Emmy nominations—but unfortunately that's not enough to keep the beloved Pickler & Ben afloat.
According to the , The E.W. Scripps Company has made the decision to pull the program after season two. "We were really disappointed to have to announce that we were going to be sunsetting Pickler & Ben after season two," Brian Lawlor, president of Scripps' local media, told the publication. "We loved the show. Audiences loved the show."
So, why the sudden network cut? Pickler & Ben currently runs on NewsChannel 5 and only airs in 176 markets. Scripps explains that this combo doesn't exactly equate to a very hefty profit margin in the long run, even though Faith Hill and Lisa Erspamer of the Oprah Winfrey Show have spots on the production team.
Fans were devastated when they heard the news, taking to social media to express their "extreme sadness." Some to save the delightful program.
The hosts themselves also posted a Facebook video to spell out the situation in simpler terms. "In the business of television, if you don't air in L.A., New York, all these big, big cities, you don't make a lot of money," Ben explained. "We were on track to do that, and then new shows came out and prevented us from doing that. They prevented us from being in these big markets, so we don't have anywhere to go, really." Essentially, he added, Pickler & Ben has become a "show without a home."
Kellie and Ben went on to profusely thank their fans, as well as offer a snippet of good news. "New episodes will be airing throughout May, and the show is going to be on through September," said Ben. The country music maven also chimed in, informing viewers that they can still watch full episodes on .
The video concluded with one final plea—a request for a lucky donor with a few million dollars on hand to save the show. Any takers!?