June 17, 2013 12:46 PM by Stephanie Gustafson
Success is the best form of revenge — and Dancing with the Stars alum Ricki Lake proved it the other night by winning a Daytime Emmy for her short-lived talk show. Does the award indicate that canceling The Ricki Lake Show was a bad move?
She may not have been present at the Daytime Emmy Awards, but Ricki was enthusiastic about winning ‘Outstanding Talk Show Host’ nonetheless. After all, the victory comes in the aftermath of a major disappointment — the cancellation of The Ricki Lake Show after just one season. Still bummed about the show’s unfortunate demise, Ricki Lake took to Twitter to express a sentiment commonly shared by the ‘Friends of Ricki Lake’ community: “Always the underdog. From Hairspray till now, I guess. I’ll take it.” She added that, in her opinion, the Emmy served as “just desserts.”
Many fans of Ricki Lake’s talk show feel that Twentieth Television made a huge mistake in canceling the daytime series, especially given the straightforward and honest matter with which it has tackled important, albeit controversial issues. But despite the Emmy win and an earlier nomination for a People’s Choice Award, The Ricki Lake Show was plagued throughout its run by low ratings, coming in a disappointing fourth out of five daytime talk shows that debuted during the 2012-2013 season. Twentieth’s executive producer of programming explained in February that, “While we are proud of the topics the program tackled, including childhood obesity, life after the military, divorce and addiction, we were simply not able to break through the crowded talk show marketplace.”
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