March 28, 2009
As you may recall, CNN cancelled D.L. Hughley Breaks the News
a few weeks ago.
The official reason given was that Hughley wanted to relocate Read more . . .
March 9, 2009
CNN has announced that they are ending the D.L. Hughley Breaks The News
show after a short run of only a few months. The looming question is if it's truly just a matter of logistics, or whether the news network got more than what they bargained for with the controversial host.
D.L. Hughley has been a popular comic for the past decade and recently co-starred on NBC's ill-fated Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip
. Breaks the News
debuted on CNN on October 25, 2008 as a comedy news show, shown weekly on Saturday nights. The self-described "news junkie" wanted to let everyone know that "This ain't your daddy's CNN." He interviewed a typical assortment of newsmakers, pundits, and ordinary people but with his own personal spin. The results were quite different than what you'd find elsewhere on the news network.
While Hughley's show was anything but dull, it may have been a little too cutting-edge for CNN. Starting the show just days before Barack Obama won the presidential election, Hughley quickly raised the ire of some viewers. One of his first guests was a character named "Freddie Mac," a brightly-dressed pimp who apparently caused the financial crisis. Via Black Star News
, Dr. Boyce Watkins complained that all of the show's humor comes from generalized stereotypes and that the host turned "the stellar Obama presidential campaign into a minstrel show."