It’s lights out for MTV’s latest foray into late-night talk.
The cable network has canceled “Nikki & Sara Live” after just two seasons.
“To clarify we were not canceled. We weren’t picked up,” Sara Schaefer said on the pair’s podcast.
She continued: “Canceled implies at midseason they axed you because you were failing. We were not failing. I want to be very clear. Our ratings were up from Season 1. Our ratings were comparable, if not better, than every other cable, late night show. I’m very proud of the show that we did. I’m very grateful that we got to do it. But, MTV decided it just wasn’t part of their programming future. And that’s OK. That’s their prerogative. They gave us a show to begin with and I have nothing but gratitude for that.”
MTV programming president Susanne Daniels said in a statement: “We are huge fans of Nikki and Sara, they are extremely talented and funny and we look forward to working with them again. We want them to remain part of the MTV family.”
Hosted and executive-produced by Sara Schaefer and Nikki Glaser, “Nikki & Sara Live” was taped in New York City’s Times Square and featured interviews with celebrities, man-on-the-street sketches, and their own riffs on the day’s news and trends.
The show premiered its first season in January 2013 and ended its second season run last month. Its guests included Johnny Knoxville, Arsenio Hall, Ke$ha, Jenny McCarthy, Shay Mitchell, Alison Brie, Phillip Phillips, Jenni “JWOWW” Farley, Jessica Alba, Jay Sean, Max Irons, Kal Penn, Ashley Tisdale and Olly Murs.
Sara Schaefer (“Late Night With Jimmy Fallon”) also executive-produced the series, which Rob Anderson (“Money From Strangers”) helped to create and develop.