Desus & Mero is officially over

rumors and mereShowtime’s popular late-night series hosted by desus nice Y the mere child, has officially come to an end. A Showtime spokesperson confirmed the news to vanity fair on Monday, noting that the show’s final episode aired on Thursday, June 23.

“SHOWTIME’s Late Night Talk Show PANSIES AND GROUPER will not return for a fifth season. Its final episode aired on Thursday, June 23,” the statement read. “Desus Nice and The Kid Mero will be moving forward with separate creative projects.”

Desus confirmed the news on Twitter, thanking fans, known as the Bodegahive, for “being a part of the ride.”

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The news came to light a few hours after rumors spread that Desus and The Kid Mero had broken up. For years, the duo co-hosted a podcast called Bodega Boys, but it stopped uploading new episodes. Mero seemed to confirm that the podcast was officially a wrap on a spiky Reddit thread. Desus confirmed the news on Friday, tweeting that “the hive deserved better than this ending. Reddit can smear my name, but when the truth comes out… it really just waits.”

rumors and mere premiered on Showtime in 2019, featuring the co-hosts as two of the freshest new voices in late-night space. Although it started as a late-night series, rumors and mere became a weekly show, attracting high-profile guests such as David Letterman, Michelle Yeohand former president Barack Obama. The critically-favorite show finally hit the awards circuit in 2021, winning a Writers Guild Award for Comedy/Variety Talk Series. The move brought them a step closer to the Emmys, which are dominated by shows like Late at night, the late show Y last week tonight.

Desus and Mero originally met through Twitter, bonded over their shared sense of humor and the fact that they were both natives of the Bronx. They toured a few iterations of their show, including a short-lived series on Complex and a series on Viceland, before finally landing on Showtime. Also, through it all, they had their podcast, in which the duo spoke freely about pop culture without any of the censors or restrictions of broadcast television.

“It’s like a miracle that it lasted this long,” says a staff member who wishes to remain anonymous. “[These are] two people who weren’t friends before hosting together.”

The staff member says that the duo seemed to hit it off previously, which made it work on set. However, the main problem, before any personal breakup occurred, seemed to be a lack of direction for the show from a single voice. “It was never clear who was in charge,” says the staff member. “Obviously the two guys did it intentionally.” Neither, in other words, wanted to outshine the other, which is laudable, but it led to confusion. “I feel like there was frustration for a lot of people who were working really hard, who wanted answers and weren’t getting answers from any of the executives or the team itself.”

The show was home to many established and burgeoning talent, including alumni such as the former staff writer. be them, which now hosts its own series on Showtime. “It’s a shame it didn’t work out because there were a lot of people who worked really hard on the show to make it the best it could be,” says the staff member. “There are people who felt like that show could have gone on forever.”

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