Twentieth Television pulls Ricki Lake after one season


20th Century FOXThe studio that produces her return to daytime television announced that The Ricki Lake Show will not be renewed for a second year. Original episodes will continue through September. Lake hosted her own show back in the late ’90s.

“While we are proud of the topics the program tackled including childhood obesity, life-after the military, divorce, and addiction we were simply not able to breakthrough the crowded talk show marketplace,” said Stephen Brown, EVP of programming & development for Twentieth Television, in a statement. “We would like to thank Ricki Lake as well as executive producer Gail Steinberg and the entire staff for their work this season.”

Added Lake in her statement: “I am so proud of the shows we completed this season, sparking important conversations about everything from raising children to mental illness to suicide prevention to coming out. I will continue to be an active and passionate voice for subjects that are close to my heart through a variety of platforms — and a return to my documentary filmmaking work with Abby Epstein.  I am excited to create meaningful and provocative films similar to our 2007 project, The Business of Being Born.”