D. L. Hughley Breaks the News to Take Final Curtain Call at the End of March

According to TVNewser, “D. L. Hughley Breaks the News,” will take its final curtain call at the end of the month and they are saying that the decision was Hughley’s. Right. According to CNN, Hughley approached management to make the show permanently based in Los Angeles, where his family resides.

CNN: To accommodate this, we agreed upon a new role where he will be a contributor for the network based in Los Angeles. We are eager to continue our relationship with D.L., who is a tremendous talent and a valued colleague.”

Wouldn’t it be a tremendous cost factor to maintain a show that averaged about 200,000 viewers in the 25-54 year old demographics in recent weeks? It seems that way to me. To top it off, CNN came under tremendous fire after the first show, which was offensive to many because of the negative stereotypes highlighted. I have heard of forced terminations in the guise of a resignation. Sorry, I am just not buying CNN’s explanation. This show was doomed from the start. I will give him credit for trying. His ratings reportedly peaked at 1.51 million total viewership for the second show. The show averaged 284,000 for 18 episodes.

Kathy Griffin Makes the CNN S-List After Arguing with Heckler on Live New Year’s Eve Broadcast

Comedienne Kathy Griffin is the embodiment of the adage — if you lay down with dogs, you’ll get up with fleas. CNN has once again used poor judgement in its choice for a comedian. First, D.L. Hughley gets his own show, which is packed with stereotypical jokes. But, what did they expect when they hired Kathy Griffin to co-host the New Year’s Eve broadcast with Anderson Cooper? She’s a potty-mouth who doesn’t deserve to be on prime time. I think that they got the message this time. She’s doomed to the s-list after answering a heckler with a shrieking, vulgar tirade during the network’s live New Year’s Eve broadcast. “Screw you,” she told the heckler. “Why don’t you get a job, buddy? You know what? I don’t go to your job and knock the d— out of your mouth.”

The raunchy exchange, which occurred long after the ball dropped at midnight, was received with guffaws by the camera crew. As the night progressed, Anderson Cooper seemed to become increasingly uncomfortable with Griffin’s off-color remarks, including her request to “get a pap smear from [CNN medical reporter] Dr. Sanjay Gupta,” and her description of former CNN host Glenn Beck as a “heroin addict Mormon.”

Making outlandish comments is nothing new with Griffin. As you will recall, while she was accepting an Emmy for her Bravo show in 2007, she said: “A lot of people come up here and thank Jesus for this award. I want you to know that no one had less to do with this award than Jesus. So, all I can say is, ‘Suck it, Jesus.’ This award is my god now.” Her speech was denounced by Christian groups and largely edited out of the later broadcast.

What Kathy Griffin did on CNN yesterday morning was priceless and they deserved every minute of it. I would venture to say, she won’t be invited back for the next New Year’s Eve broadcast.