Why Keke Palmer ‘Expected’ Her ‘GMA’ Talk Show To Be Cancelled – The host and actress Keke Palmer admitted that she was not surprised her talk show was cancelled. The actress opened up about the whole thing during an episode of Watch What Happens Live, where she had a sit-down with Andy Cohen.
Why Keke Palmer ‘Expected’ Her ‘GMA’ Talk Show To Be Cancelled:
Keke Palmer is sharing her reaction to the news that her talk show “GMA3: What You Need To Know” with Michael Strahan and Sara Haines was canceled.
During a new episode of “Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen,” the actress, singer and television personality, 26, said the decision was “expected.”
Keke Palmer co-hosted the show alongside Michael Strahan and Sara Haines before it was taken off of ABC’s schedule in March, with a daily coronavirus report –“GMA 3: What You Need to Know”– airing in its place.
When asked what her reaction was to her show getting cancelled, Palmer simply said, “Expected.”
“When the pandemic hit, that’s what became all on our minds—was the pandemic, corona, understanding COVID,” the 26-year-old actress said. “So, I kind of knew that, you know, if our show did come back, it would have to be much, much later because our show is really about an audience.”
Palmer then explained that while her GMA3 show with Michael Strahan and Sara Haines focused on news, it also featured entertainment segments that produced “really fun conversations” and a “lighthearted” atmosphere.
“So, the time is a different time now,” she continued. “Some of the conversation has changed, and I think that just kind of pushed SSK out. So, I expected it.”
ABC announced the suspension of Strahan, Sara and Keke in March. The network replaced the show with a news program about the global coronavirus pandemic called What You Need to Know. Then, in July, reports spread that Strahan, Sara and Keke was being canceled entirely.
Keke Palmer previously addressed rumours regarding her participation in Black Lives Matter protests impacted ABC’s decision to not renew her show.
Keke Palmer Says She ‘Expected’ Her Talk Show “GMA3: What You Need To Know” To Get Axed:
In July, Keke Palmer shut down rumors that her participation in Black Lives Matter protests contributed to ABC’s decision to stop the show.
“The reality is I was never signed to ‘SSK’ as one would a seasonal show. This business is dynamic and instead of thinking of me as a ‘series regular’ see me as a brand that works with the corporation Disney/ABC News and this particular show I was on is no longer,” she wrote on Instagram. “That does not mean the relationship I have with them dies, that means it evolves.”
She continued: “I hate talking about business because it can seem a bit weird and gets quite technical lol. But when I see such fear mongering comments I want to speak out so that no one ever feels or thinks that speaking out will cost them their job! I’m sure it can and has before, but let’s also recognize when it has not.”
Keke Palmer made headlines back in June when she was seen on video during a protest passionately trying to convince a National Guardsman at the event to march with the activists, which he ultimately declined to do.
While speaking with Cohen, a fan asked Keke Palmer about the incident, and how she felt about the outcome.
“At the end of the day… [everything has] a risk and a reward… I got wrapped up in the emotion and I was hoping that we could walk together and just have that powerful moment together. He didn’t want to do it, and that’s OK,” Palmer shared.
“If we are going to be challenging authority, then this is the time,” she added. “This is the time to invoke change and get justice and get peace, and for us to come together against the things that we’re not with.”