Some folks just weren’t meant to be in front of a camera.
MSNBC has pulled the plug on “Saturday Night Politics” after the series aired only 13 episodes. “Saturday Night Politics” was hosted by Donny Deutsch and this is his fifth show to be canceled. Yes. Fifth. There’s almost something impressive to that level of commitment to something that clearly is not working.
While Deutsch’s show struggled in the ratings since its debut on May 4, it got a shoutout from President Donald Trump at one point, which makes the reported cancellation all the more embarrassing. When you can’t even capitalize on a tweet directly from the leader of the free world then you may want to go back to the drawing board.
Trump tweeted in June that Donny Deutsch’s show was a “disaster” and he denied ever being friends with the ad exec-turned-commentator.
“Little @DonnyDeutsch, whose show, like his previous shoebiz [sic] tries, is a disaster, has been saying that I had been a friend of his. This is false. He, & separately @ErinBurnett, used to BEG me to be on episodes of the Apprentice (both were bad), but that was it. Hardly knew him, other than to know he was, and is, a total Loser. When he makes statements about me, they are made up, he knows nothing!” the president tweeted.
It’s not an endorsement, but it’s still the president of the United States pointing out the fact that you have a show. Still, no one tuned in.
Airing on Saturdays at 8 pm, “Saturday Night Politics” debuted to 919,000 viewers, but dropped to 898,000 in its second episode, according to TV Newser via Free Beacon. The fall in ratings continued from there over the summer.
Deutsch is already trying to spin the cancellation — which reportedly happened after the August 17 episode — in the best way possible. He took to Twitter to announce the “season” of his show had come to an end.
“With summer coming to a close, so does my season run on MSNBC w/ @SNPonMSNBC. I’m beyond grateful for all of your help in making it @MSNBC ’s highest rated Saturday night program EVER! So surreal! I’ll see you all on @Morning_Joe @DeadlineWH, and across MSNBC very soon,” Deutsch tweeted.
As Deutsch said, his relationship with MSNBC is not ending. He will still be appearing on shows like “Morning Joe” where he is a frequent guest.
With summer coming to a close, so does my season run on MSNBC w/ @SNPonMSNBC. I’m beyond grateful for all of your help in making it @MSNBC ’s highest rated Saturday night program EVER! So surreal! I’ll see you all on @Morning_Joe @DeadlineWH, and across MSNBC very soon.
— Donny Deutsch (@DonnyDeutsch) August 29, 2019
Reruns of Chris Hayes’ Friday show will replace “Saturday Night Politics.”
As previously mentioned, this is the fifth show of Deutsch’s to be canceled. His biggest past success was “The Big Idea With Donny Deutsch,” a CNBC series that ran from 2004 to 2008.
His previous MSNBC show “America the Angry” was canceled after he included Keith Olbermann in an angry commentators montage.
CNN canceled his show “The Point” after just one week.
Deutsch also played a fictional version of himself in the USA comedy series “Donny!” in 2015. That show was axed after airing a six-episode first season. If you’re ever in the mood to shake your head at how desperate some commentators are for fame and time in front of a camera, Google “Donny!” You won’t regret it. You’ll also wonder: how did a news network ever think it was a good idea to give this guy a show?
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