HBO has dropped another major show from its schedule as part of the network’s recent restructuring.
Comedian Robin Thede’s A Black Lady Sketch Show ran on HBO and was canceled after just a few seasons.
The showrunners of the Emmy-winning series have decided to wrap up the show after season four.
“A Black Lady Sketch Show” will not return for season five, Variety reported Thursday.
HBO executives said in a statement that their decision to cancel A Black Lady Sketch doesn’t mean their respect for the series or series creator Robin, 43, has waned.
“Over four exceptional seasons of ‘A Black Lady Sketch Show,’ we were thrilled to work with her on this groundbreaking, hilarious series,” HBO officials said of Robin.
“Robin, along with Hoorae, Jax Media and the incredible cast and crew, leaves an indelible legacy not only in skit but in television comedy, and we look forward to continuing their creative collaboration as part of their contract with us.”
In her own statement, Robin also spoke about her show being cut on HBO and thanked her “cast members, guest stars and crew members” for producing such a quality show.
“Thank you to all the incredibly talented cast, guest stars, writers, directors, editors and crew who made ‘A Black Lady Sketch Show’ an Emmy-winning success,” said Robin.
“I want to give a special tribute to the black women and other women of color who have excelled in every department of ‘ABLSS’.”
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“I’m also forever grateful for the support of Issa Rae and Jax Media, Amy Gravitt, Casey Bloys and the entire team at HBO, Max and Warner Bros. Discovery.”
Fans took to Twitter to express their strong disapproval of HBO’s latest move.
“NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! More. We want more,” whined one fan.
Another fan posted a GIF that read, “No! God please!”
A supporter directly criticized HBO Max CEO David Zaslav, 63, for ending A Black Lady Sketch Show.
“The fact that it was able to last and survive for so long [David] That Zaslav butchered enough to have another season is in itself a miracle. “It was a great show!” grumbled one fan.
Before announcing that HBO would be scrapping the comedy series, it was announced that network officials would not be renewing Game Theory with Bonami Jones for a third season.
The show’s viewership was thought to have plummeted after its debut in 2022.
Game Theory promised to get ESPN star Bomani Jones to “discuss hot topics that go beyond the world of esports.”
But each season, the show lost an average of 80 percent of its early viewership. OutKick reports.
Although episodes of the series aired again on TNT in its second season, the airings reportedly often failed to make the Top 150 cable charts.
Still, many Twitter users took to social media to express their disappointment at the show’s cancellation.
One tweeted: “Oh this stinks. I love this show!!!!”
Another wrote: “Game Theory was a great show. Bomani is a brilliant analyst.”
“This show was badly needed to offset the usual mindless chatter that we hear on most of these other shows.”
A third said: “The end of an era. Was a great show in my opinion.”
And one tweeted: “Unfortunately great show!”