Covid19: E! News cancelled after 29 years on air

Three E! entertainment news shows — “E! News,” “Pop of the Morning,” and “In the Room” — have been canceled,according to reports making the round.

The move comes just a year after E! announced an expansion to its slate of entertainment news programming under veteran former “Today” producer Tammy Filler, who joined in April 2019 to lead creative production for E!’s news operations. The goal was to build out a secondary studio base in New York and add hours to its daily coverage.

A year ago, the flagship “E! News” program, which launched in 1991 and has been hosted by such names as Ryan Seacrest, Giuliana Rancic and Maria Menounos, transitioned its nightly Los Angeles show to a morning program in New York. “Pop of the Morning” was also based in New York, and featured a panel of hosts discussing the day’s biggest entertainment news stories. “In the Room” featured interviews with celebrities and a look inside their homes.

E! News, first went on the air in 1991 and has been hosted throughout the years by Ryan Seacrest, Giuliana Rancic and Maria Menounos. Pop of the Morning consisted of a panel that would discuss the day’s entertainment stories, and In the Room gave a peek inside various celebrities’ homes.

In July, Jeff Shell of NBC Universal (E!’s parent company) said that the television group would be restructuring and look to “shift resources from linear to streaming.” This new plan to streamline the business, paired with the devastating economic impact of coronavirus, therefore seems to be a likely factor in the decision to take E!’s three entertainment news programs off the air. “It is said that crises tend to accelerate and exacerbate trends, and that is certainly true in the television business,” Shell said.

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Written by Andrew Odoe
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