Ricki Lake Talk Show Axed After One Season

Sometimes you really can’t go home again…

Ricki Lake’s return to daytime TV just hit a sour note. The Ricki Lake Show, the star’s second stab in the Wonderful World of Gabfests, has been cancelled after one season due to low ratings.

The show, based in Los Angeles, promised to “present topical conversation reflecting Ricki’s own personal journey and recent life experiences, including family, marriage, parenting, divorce, weight loss and overall well-being” when it debuted in September. But the concept never quite caught on with audiences.

In a statement about the cancellation, 20th Television bosses praised Ricki’s efforts. Stephen Brown, Executive Vice President of Programming and Development, said:

“We would like to thank Ricki Lake as well as executive producer Gail Steinberg and the entire staff for their work this season. While we are proud of the topics the program tackled including childhood obesity, life after the military, divorce and addiction, we were simply not able to break through the crowded talk show marketplace.”

Ricki Lake was to 1990s trash TV what reality shows has become to the genre today. Before “You Are Not the Father” was the most popular phrase on the daytime talk show circuit, cheating spouses and doubting daddies made the Parade of Shame on Ricki. The show, which debuted in 1993, ran for 10 seasons before signing off in 2003.

Since shutting down production on her original daytime gabfest, Ricki has hosted CBS’ summer series Game Show Marathon, produced a home birth documentary and served as head matron on the VH1 reality series Charm School. The Hairspray star now plans to turn her focus back to the filmmaking work that has kept her busy in recent years.

“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. 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 film-making work with Abby Epstein. I am excited to create meaningful and provocative films similar to our 2007 project, The Business of Being Born.”

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