Nate Berkus and the staff of his Oprah-owned talk show got some bad news right before the the new year. According to The Hollywood Reporter, it will finish out its second season but won’t be returning for a third.
The Nate Berkus Show has struggled from the beginning, when it premiered in September of 2010 with a 1.1 rating, and it’s now the lowest-rated among established talk shows.
Photo via In My Style, who was in the audience.
In the fall of 2010 they invited bloggers to be in the audience for a taping of the show. But then, after we all tuned in to see them–Nate never mentioned on air that they were there. Oops. Not a great way to impress the bloggers or their readers right out of the gate.
(As you may remember, the online fury continued for days. Lesson here: Never tick off a bunch of bloggers–or their loyal readers!)
However. After that misstep, Nate more than redeemed himself by showcasing many amazing bloggers on his show. I usually fast-forward through the fashion and food segments, checking to see if there are any bloggers I know on the show each day. It’s been fun seeing so many of my favorites on TV.
I was really rooting for him and wish he could’ve made it work. I can’t say I was surprised when I heard it wasn’t coming back in the fall, though. Unlike Oprah’s other talk-show children Dr. Phil, Rachael Ray, and Dr. Oz, it just never really took off.
Lots of new talk shows are being developed with hosts like Jeff Probst, Katie Couric and Ricki Lake, all waiting to snag his spot, so we’ll see if any of them can do better.
Are you a fan of his show? Will you be sorry to see Nate go? Or did you already stop watching a long time ago?
P.S. I was never on The Nate Show, but they used some of my photos once. That’s my only claim to Nate Show fame. Ha.