Comedian Whitney Cummings may have inadvertently revealed the cancellation of her NBC comedy Whitney, by announcing her upcoming talk show on E! While there's been no official word from NBC on the fate of Whitney, E! has declared that it has indeed given Cummings' new weekly talk show - dubbed Love You, Mean It with Whitney Cummings - the green light.
Love You, Mean It, which will air Wednesdays this fall along with The Soup, is officially described as “Cummings' open forum to discuss her favorite topics, which include pop culture and celebrity happenings, life, relationships, sex and more.” Joining Cummings for the ride will be talk show sidekick and stand-up comedian Julian McCullough (Very Funny News).
In a statement regarding her new talk show, Cummings had this to say, "This show gives me a chance to get back to my stand-up roots. And I'm really excited to be able to say (almost) whatever I'd like on TV again. So thanks, E!"
Cummings is in familiar territory with late-night talk shows, she started off as a regular on Chelsea Handler's show Chelsea Lately as a comedy panelist, discussing pretty much the exact same stuff she’ll be chit-chatting about on her own talk show. The two shows won’t be in any type of conflict, as Handler will be an executive producer for Cumming’s new show.
Although E! and NBC are owned by NBCUniversal, it seems unlikely that Cummings will pull double duty on her sitcom Whitney and talk show Love You, Mean It with Whitney Cummings. Whitney has not been a great success for either Cummings or NBC: the show has been met with less than great critical or fan approval, and has seen a steady ratings drop since its debut, thus adding to the cancellation speculation. On the flipside, 2 Broke Girls, a show Cummings co-created for CBS, has been doing moderately well and has already been renewed for a second season.
It appears likely that Cummings is jumping off the sinking Whitney ship before it’s officially canceled. By Cummings couched dig at NBC seems she’s not too thrilled with NBC’s censorship of her sitcom, which tends to be a common thing for adult-humor stand-up comedians that take shows on “family” oriented networks.
In some other quick E! news, the network has also announced a Jonas Brother reality show, as well as a number of scripted shows including a Wizard of Oz-inspired drama.
More on the fate of Whitney when it comes up - and catch Love You, Mean It with Whitney Cummings, this fall on E!