Samantha Bee’s TBS show Full Frontal has been canceled.
According to a report from Variety, TBS announced it’s reshaping its programming strategy.
“As we continue to shape our new programming strategy, we’ve made some difficult, business-based decisions,” TBS said in a statement. “We are proud to have been the home to ‘Full Frontal With Samantha Bee’ and thank Sam, and the rest of the Emmy-nominated team for their groundbreaking work. We celebrate this extraordinarily talented cast and crew and look forward to exploring new opportunities to work with them in the future.”
The end of her program comes as TV continues to trim back its late-night antics. WarnerMedia decided to end its long-running “Conan” late-night program on TBS with Conan O’Brien in June of last year. NBC and the late-night host Lilly Singh, a digital entertainment influencer who had launched a new show on the network in the wee hours of the morning, decided to part ways last year. Comedy Central, which once boasted three different late-night shows, now only has one, “The Daily Show,” on regularly during weeknights. Showtime’s “Desus & Mero,” a weekly humor showcase, isn’t returning to Showtime thanks to a fallout between its hosts. And CBS is mulling cheaper alternatives to replace James Corden when he leaves “The Late Late Show” in early 2023.
Warner Bros. Discovery has been cutting back on its content spend for big cable networks like TBS and TNT. To be sure, the outlets continue to feature movies and have added more nights of sports, thanks to a recent rights deal struck between Warner Bros. Discovery and the NHL. But TBS has been cutting back on scripted series, with shows such as “Chad” and “The Last O.G.” scrapped in recent weeks. Brett Weitz, general manager of TBS, TNT and TruTV, left the company in May after the cable networks were consolidated under the aegis of Warner Bros. Discovery executive Kathleen Finch. Weitz had been a strong backer of “Full Frontal.”
Dana Loesch, conservative commentator and host of The Dana Show, blasted Bee for running from a discussion on guns during a run-in at The Blaze.
“Fun fact about Sam Bee — the first time I met her (before she started doing bits and videos about me) was at The Blaze. I asked her if she wanted to discuss firearms and she high-tailed it to her dressing room and shut the door leaving her producer to tell me to make an appt,” Loesch tweeted.
“She’s only ‘brave’ when her producers prepare her to be so. That isn’t fun viewing.”
Jesse Kelly, host of The Jesse Kelly Show, has his own theory about why the show was canceled.