Busy Philipps Opens up About Being ‘Blindsided’ by ‘Busy Tonight’ Cancellation

It’s a new year and that means everyone including celebrities are reflecting on their year. For Busy Philipps, that means reflecting on the cancellation of her new show, Busy Tonight. Find out what she said in her post and more.

‘Busy Tonight’ was canceled

Busy Philipps on the set of Busy Tonight
Busy Philipps on the set of Busy Tonight | Jordin Althaus/E! Entertainment/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images

Busy Tonight showed Philipps covering the latest pop culture stories, interviewing celebrity guests, and original comedic segments. It was executive produced by Tina Fey. The star revealed to her fans that it has been canceled after six months.

“My show, Busy Tonight is not going to continue on E! after May 16th,” she said according to Deadline. “They decided not to pick it up. Look, we’re meeting with people and seeing if there’s another place that makes sense for it to go.”

She continued, “Because I would like to continue doing it. We would all like to figure out a way to continue to make it. It’s wild because we’ve only been doing the show for a relatively short period of time.”

There is one thing she wished she knew going into the experience

The funny actress later talked about the cancellation with The Hollywood Reporter. She revealed there is one thing she wished she knew when doing the show.

“I wish I would’ve known that I only had basically six weeks to get the ratings to where they had wanted them,” she said. “I didn’t know. I wished I had had more information from the network in terms of what they needed and were looking for in terms of milestones and ratings and things.”

She said she was blindsided by the news

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Final round of #almostgrams 2019! The Busy Tonight was cancelled round!! On APRIL 5, 2019! I flew to Dallas to shoot commercials over the weekend for Michael’s. When my plane took off, the song that came on shuffle was my favorite Deerhunter song He Would Have Laughed. I felt like it was a good sign. When I landed, my manager texted me to call her. Which I did. And she told me E! would not renew my show after the order was finished in a month. It was effectively cancelled. I was blindsided, especially since the last text I had from the head of E(who’s now gone‍♀️) was about marketing for busy tonight that he was excited to tell me about. Anyway. I did what anyone would do. I sat in the lobby of the hotel in Dallas and ordered three tequilas and called Marc, Caissie, Eric, Tina, Caissie again and I cried. I waited for a call or email from someone at E, which never came so I sent a text to the head of the network that truly makes me lol to this day(slide 3). Then I took some selfies(first 2 pics), got a text from Marc reminding me about the Deerhunter song(slide 4), made a music video in my hotel room to it(which I posted to my stories at the time), then I went and got a tattoo on my ankle; the illustration from my book from the chapter where I got super fucked over by some dudes in this business(slide 5), THEN before I went to bed, I saw it was a new moon and what that moon meant(slide6). And. Anyway. It all started to become clear and I knew things were going to be better than fine. Right before the show was finished, I found a letter my daughter wrote to E! and I feel like as this year is almost over, the decade is closing, it's the right time to post the letter(slides 7,8,9). And all the rest of it from April 5. Because here's the thing. The moon was right, the song WAS a good sign, my girl knows something about her mom- I work hard AF and love to prove people wrong and finally, the men will always try to fuck you over so fuck em and figure out something else. Which is exactly what Caissie and I have been doing. And next year; in 2020 we will finally be able to share it. So Happy New Year everyone!!Goodnight you guys! I love you SO much!!!

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The actress opened up about the experience again on Instagram. She made a post about her new show getting canceled. Part of the caption reads:

When my plane took off, the song that came on shuffle was my favorite Deerhunter song He Would Have Laughed. I felt like it was a good sign. When I landed, my manager texted me to call her. Which I did. And she told me E! would not renew my show after the order was finished in a month. It was effectively cancelled. I was blindsided, especially since the last text I had from the head of E(who’s now gone) was about marketing for busy tonight that he was excited to tell me about.

The post included multiple selfies of Philipps crying, some texts from that night, a new tattoo she got her ankle of a girl skating with the words “f*ck em,” and a letter her daughter wrote to E!

Later in the caption Philipps wrote, “I work hard AF and love to prove people wrong and finally, the men will always try to f*ck you over so f*ck em and figure out something else. Which is exactly what Caissie and I have been doing. And next year; in 2020 we will finally be able to share it.”

It sounds like the former talk show host is looking forward to this new year. Her fans will have to wait to see what her announcement will be this year.