February 4, 2013
'The Ricki Lake Show' yanked
LOS ANGELES - Ricki Lake’s return to daytime talk television is no more.
Twentieth Television announced Monday that “The Ricki Lake Show,” which premiered in September, will not continue into the 2013-2104 season.
Declaring herself “so proud” of the series, Lake said that she will “continue to be an active and passionate voice for subjects that are close to my heart through a variety of platforms.”
Lake also said that she will re-focus on making documentaries with Abby Epstein, with whom she partnered on the documentary “The Business of Being Born.”
“I am so proud of the shows we completed this season, sparking important conversations about everything from raising children to mental illness to suicide prevention to coming out,” Lake said. “I will continue to be an active and passionate voice for subjects that are close to my heart through a variety of platforms - and a return to my documentary filmmaking work with Abby Epstein. I am excited to create meaningful and provocative films similar to our 2007 project, ’The Business of Being Born.’”
Stephen Brown, executive vice president of programming and development at Twentieth Television, said that, while “we are all proud of the topics the program tackled,” they were nonetheless “not able to to break through the crowded talk show marketplace.”
Though Lake, who hosted a popular talk show from 1994 to 2003, brought experience as well as familiarity to the new gig, she re-entered the arena at a time that saw considerable competition from new talk shows hosted by the likes of Katie Couric, Anderson Cooper and Jeff Probst. Cooper’s show, “Anderson Live,” will end its run after its current second season.