Celebrities' Short-Lived Talk Shows
For every Jimmy Kimmel Live!, there’s a Kris. While some comedians, actors, and TV personalities have seen success with daytime and late-night talk shows, others haven’t made it through one full season. See 22 stars who hosted short-lived talk shows, ahead.
Dennis Miller, The Dennis Miller Show (1992)
While Dennis Miller hosted his own radio show for nearly eight years, the comedian saw less success with his talk show. Premiering in 1992, The Dennis Miller Show never quite took off and ended soon after its debut episode.
Chevy Chase, The Chevy Chase Show (1993)
In 1993, Saturday Night Live alum Chevy Chase found himself on a new network with the Fox debut of The Chevy Chase Show. The show bowed to negative reviews from critics — including an F-rating from Entertainment Weekly — and ended within a month.
Jon Stewart, The Jon Stewart Show (1993-1995)
Before he found his spot behind the Daily Show desk, Jon Stewart hosted the short-lived Jon Stewart Show. Premiering in 1993, the talk show ran on MTV for about two years before its cancellation.
Gabrielle Carteris, Gabrielle (1995)
Gabrielle Carteris got her own talk show in 1995, hosting the simply titled Gabrielle. The show hardly saw the same level of success as the actress’ other gig on Beverly Hills, 90210, and was canceled within one season.
Carnie Wilson, Carnie! (1995-1996)
For a few short months in 1995, Carnie Wilson was the host of the talk show Carnie!. The show was canceled at the beginning of 1996.
Tempestt Bledsoe, The Tempestt Bledsoe Show (1995)
Actress Tempestt Bledsoe hosted a handful of episodes of The Tempestt Bledsoe Show in the mid-’90s. Running in syndication, the show was canceled in 1996.
Keenen Ivory Wayans, The Keenen Ivory Wayans Show (1997-1998)
In 1997, actor Keenen Ivory Wayans debuted the Keenen Ivory Wayans Show. The 30-minute program lasted just a few months, making it into 1998 but not much further.
Magic Johnson, The Magic Hour (1998)
Magic Johnson made moves from the basketball court to the TV studio in 1998. Debuting in syndication, The Magic Hour only aired through one summer.
Martin Short, The Martin Short Show (1999-2000)
In late 1999, the first episode of The Martin Short Show aired in syndication, starring the Emmy-winning actor. One season later, it was canceled.
Queen Latifah, The Queen Latifah Show (1999-2001) and The Queen Latifah Show (2013-2015)
Queen Latifah saw two less-than-successful attempts at hosting her own talk show. The first took place in 1999 with the debut of The Queen Latifah Show in syndication, but ended two years later in 2001. A decade later, the rapper kicked off another iteration of The Queen Latifah Show in 2013, but went through cancelation once more in 2015.
Zach Galifianakis, Late World With Zach Galifianakis (2002)
Long before The Hangover, Zach Galifianakis was making a name for himself with his own late-night talk show. Premiering in 2002, Late World with Zach aired on VH1 for just two months.
Caroline Rhea, The Caroline Rhea Show (2002-2003)
Following in Rosie O’Donnell’s footsteps, Caroline Rhea debuted The Caroline Rhea Show in syndication in 2002. The talk show ran for nearly a year before being canceled.
Orlando Jones, The Orlando Jones Show (2003)
Orlando Jones found a home on FX with The Orlando Jones Show. The late-night talk show never made it past 2003.
John McEnroe, McEnroe (2004)
Tennis star John McEnroe became a talk show host for a short period in 2004. McEnroe ran on CNBC for just a few months before getting canceled.
Megan Mullally, The Megan Mullally Show (2006-2007)
In 2006, Megan Mullally kicked off The Megan Mullally Show. The NBC production was canceled by 2007.
Bonnie Hunt, The Bonnie Hunt Show (2008-2010)
For two years in the late 2000s, Bonnie Hunt led The Bonnie Hunt Show. The syndicated program saw a second season but never made it to a third.
George Lopez, Lopez Tonight (2009-2011)
In 2009, Lopez Tonight made its debut on TBS. In 2011, after nearly two years on air, Lopez Tonight was canceled.
Wanda Sykes, The Wanda Sykes Show (2009-2010)
Wanda Sykes hit Fox for The Wanda Sykes Show in 2009, making her departure less than one year later in 2010.
Ricki Lake, The Ricki Lake Show (2012-2013)
While the first 1990s run of Ricki Lake was a huge success for the TV personality, the 2012 version, The Ricki Lake Show, was not quite so hot. The syndicated show was canceled by February 2013.
Katie Couric, Katie (2012-2014)
Katie Couric had already made a name for herself as an acclaimed journalist when she started Katie in 2014. The talk show was not around for long, however, and was canceled in 2014 after two seasons.
Bethenny Frankel, Bethenny (2012-2014)
After rising to fame as a Real Housewife of New York, Bethenny Frankel got her own talk show in 2012. The short-lived syndicated program was canceled in 2014.
Kris Jenner, Kris (2013)
Kris Jenner stepped into the spotlight in 2013, hosting her own talk show, Kris. The show was canceled about six months later.