It looks like one of Black America’s favorite comedienne’s is no longer rocking the late hour slot on BET.
“The Mo’Nique Show” has reportedly been canceled by BET after running through two seasons on air. Rodney Perry, Mo’Nique’s sometimes co-host but more lovingly side-kick, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the show was put on “indefinite hiatus”.
BET issued a statement, claiming that the show was on a production hiatus for the upcoming fall. The show had nearly 600,000 viewers from April 4-28, 2011; however, there is still no explanation to why the show is being canceled. Reported beliefs claim that conflicts have been stirring up between the network and Mo’Nique’s management team.
According to insider reports to Sister 2 Sister, Mo’Nique appeared to be more interested in using the show to increase the value of her brand an than promoting the network and their new programming edge. The commediene and Oscar-winning actress used her show as a platform for rising artists, activists, business owners and Black entertainers.
Perry told the AJC that Mo’Nique’s show was filling a gap that had been missing in African-American programming for years.
“We did some good work,” Perry said. “And I think the show is significant. There hasn’t been an outlet for people of color late night since Arsenio.”
Mo’Nique has yet to comment on the news.