Lucy Hale in Tears After ‘Katy Keene’ Cancellation, ‘This Is a Bad One’

Katy Keene is not coming back to the CW for a second season. The news came as a surprise, especially for series lead Lucy Hale. In a video on Instagram, she addressed the series’ cancellation, and tearfully revealed her heartbreak. 

Lucy Hale
Lucy Hale | Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images

Why was ‘Katy Keene’ canceled?

Starring Hale in the titular role, Katy Keene was one of the most anticipated new shows of 2020. But just one season in, the Riverdale spinoff was canceled by the CW. The network hasn’t issued a statement as to why the series isn’t being renewed, but it likely has to do with its dwindling ratings. 

The season premiere of Katy Keene earned nearly 600,000 viewers, but by the season finale in mid-May, viewership averaged around 480,000 per week. Comparatively, it’s sister show, Riverdale, averaged over 1 million viewers in its first season. And in its 2019-2020 season — which was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic —  Riverdale averaged out at 733,000 viewers per week.

Warner Bros. is reportedly trying to find Katy Keene a new life with other networks. Show creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa has a home at Netflix with Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, so some fans are hoping the streamer swoops in to grab Katy Keene as well. 

Lucy Hale as Katy Keene
Lucy Hale as Katy Keene | Barbara Nitke/The CW

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‘Katy Keene’ showrunners react to the news

In a tweet, Aguirre-Sacasa addressed the cancellation. He shared a photo of the cast from the very first table read and wrote a loving message to his Katy Keene family.

“It seems like a dream,” Aguirre-Sacasa tweeted. “So proud of this show and the beautiful souls who came together to make it.”

Co-creator and showrunner Michael Grassi also took to Twitter to share both his heartbreak and gratitude. 

“I’m heartbroken. But also proud. Of the cast, writers, and crew,”he wrote in a tweet. “Thank you to all the artists and dreamers who made Katy Keene so special. All love.”

“To the Katy Keene fans… You are the brightest, funniest, and KINDEST fandom out there,” Grassi added in a follow-up tweet. “Never stop dreaming. Never stop fighting for what you believe in. And thank you for all the love and support.”

Lucy Hale breaks down in tears in an Instagram video

As the series lead, Lucy Hale was at the center of Katy Keene, so news of the series cancellation hit her hard. She posted a lengthy video on Instagram, tearfully addressing the end of the series and thanking her fans. 

“I’ve had to do this a couple of times just because I was a blubbering mess,” she says in the video. “I’ve kind of struggled all day with what I wanted to say about this or if I should say anything — Nothing would do justice to how I feel about Katy Keene or how I feel about the people involved with it.”

Hale says being on the show was one of the highlights of her life. And noting she’s been on shows that have been canceled before, the actor says this one hurts the most. 

“We did not get picked up for a second season, which happens,” Hale says. “It’s happened a few times to me, and each time it’s just heartbreaking. I mean, it’s a job that has broken my heart numerous times…[but] this is bad, this is a bad one, and it will take some time to get over.”

Hale goes on to thank the fans and express her appreciation for the show. She encouraged viewers to watch the series on HBO Max and ends the video by sending love to her followers. 

“I just wanted you all to hear that the show is not coming back,” she adds. “That sucks, but I’ll hold my head high, and who knows what I’ll do next. We’ll see.”