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Syndicated Talk Show Canceled After Second Season B&C

A conflict-oriented syndicated talk show currently in its second season will not make it to season three. B&C reports that Debmar-Mercury's "Jeremy Kyle" won't return to television after this season.

The popularity of the British talk-show host never translated to American audiences, the story notes.

In a statement, Debmar-Mercury Co-Presidents Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein said: "This is in no way a reflection of the quality of the show. Backed by a first-rate production team, Jeremy was amazing and showed all of us why he is such a rock star in the U.K."

They added: "Unfortunately, talk shows like this simply take time to build and, while we were seeing ratings progress in many markets, it wasn't enough to justify going forward with another season."

The show launched on Fox and Sinclair-owned stations, and lasted longer in syndication than was expected since it had only an average 0.5 live plus same day household rating, the story notes. The program was financially viable into its second year because it had strong international clearances, the piece adds.