Anderson Cooper may have cultivated a reputation as a competent, worthwhile newsman, but over the past year plus, he’s had to start from square one with his daytime talk show. From switching names to changing sets, the Silver Fox tried just about everything possible to convince people home during the afternoons to make him a part of their routines, but unfortunately, that widespread acceptance never happened.

Producers announced today that the current second season of the host’s self-titled program will be its last. Ratings were good enough to slowly creep on for the foreseeable future, but without any noticeable growth, any future seasons may have involved reduced budgets and other sacrifices. In the end, it just wasn’t worth it, especially for a man with another job.

It would be easy to say Anderson is simply more suited for the evening news, but I’m not positive that’s true. His rugged professionalism and poise make him a good newsman, but his biting wit and interest in drama are perfect tools for a daytime talk show. In theory, he should have crushed the format. In fact, I’m still convinced if he’d been given more time to find the right producer and the right specifics, he could have been an all-time great host, but clearly based on this finite end date, my optimism puts me in the minority.

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