‘The Real’ Cancelled: Loni Love Reveals What ‘Killed’ The Show & Says We Did ‘Everything’ We Could

‘The Real’ has been canceled after 8 seasons on Fox, and host Loni Love released a statement about the shocking decision.

The Real has been canceled after eight seasons on the air. Variety confirmed news of the show’s cancellation on FOX stations on April 8, and Loni Love, one of the show’s hosts, confirmed the story via Instagram. “In the end, The Real cast and crew did everything we could to scale the show down,” she explained. “We shot 7-8 shows in three days, no audience, made a conference room into a studio, but in my opinion COVID costs killed this show.”

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She added, “It’s been a great ride and thank you to the studio for allowing eight seasons of show that was Emmy winning and historic. More importantly, thank you to the viewers for riding with us…this is not goodbye, but see you all soon.” Initial rumors about the talk show being cancelled originally began swirling in mid-March. At the time, Loni commented on the cancellation reports, as well. “It’s been a busy few days but I got a call from the studio…no official decision has been made about #TheReal,” she wrote at the time. “I will be ok but please give grace to the 150 crew members this may affect. We will finish season 8 and wait for official word.”

Following initial murmurs about the talk show being canceled, a source close to one of the cast members EXCLUSIVELY told HollywoodLife that the cancellation wasn’t something the cast knew about ahead of time. “This is not true to our knowledge,” the source told us about The Real being canceled. This comes after The Wendy Williams Show, from the same network, was cut and replaced with a new talk show helmed by Sherri Shepherd.

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The daytime talk show prided itself in having a panel of “bold, diverse and outspoken hosts” which most recently included Jeannie Mai Jenkins, Adrienne Bailon, Loni Love and Garcelle Beauvais. When the series first kicked off on Fox in 2013, Jeannie, Adrienne and Loni hosted the show alongside Tamar Braxton and Tamera Mowry-Housley. Tamar left the show three years into the run in 2016 while Tamera stunned the cast with her sudden departure in 2020.

“The rest of the girls were blindsided,” a source told HollywoodLife EXCLUSIVELY of Tamera’s exit. “It wasn’t an easy decision to make and she loves her co-stars. Adrienne, Jeannie, Loni and Tamera all have a great relationship. Only Loni knew she was considering it.” Garcelle came on to take Tamera’s spot following her departure.

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