The syndicated American daytime show produced by Sony Pictures Television and not even yet in the middle of its second season will shut down production at the end of December. Staff were told on Friday.
It's was Queen Latifah's second attempt at a TV talk show.
Although ratings were bad and cancellation feared, nobody expected The Queen Latifah Show to cease so suddenly. New episodes will continue to be shown until the end of March 2015 but will all be recorded before the talk show shuts down just before Christmas.
It creates an immediate hole 4 months from now for the M-Net Series Zone and e.tv schedules with programmers at e.tv and M-Net who will have to do some unexpected work in finding a replacement show.
At e.tv's spring programming preview last week the South African broadcaster played a specially recorded message from Queen Latifah for the South African media and TV critics
"We want to thank Queen Latifah, the producers and the entire staff of The Queen Latifah Show for creating a program that we are all very proud of," says Sony Pictures Television said in a statement.
"The most important thing in life is that you wake up every single day and take chances. No matter what the outcome…believe in yourself and continue to fly," says Queen Latifah.