E! News cancelled after 29 years

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E! News host Lilliana Vazquez.
E! News host Lilliana Vazquez.
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  • After 29 years E! Entertainment's (DStv 124) flagship show E! News has been cancelled.
  • This comes eight months after the show's production moved from Los Angeles to New York.
  • According to reports the show was cancelled due to the financial fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Pop of the Morning and Jason Kennedy's show In the Room have also been cancelled.

After 29 years E! News on E! Entertainment (DStv 124) has been cancelled just eight months after the show's production, and the studio was moved in January this year from Los Angeles to New York.

The entertainment news show that has been a veritable TV institution for decades is over.

Pop of the Morning, as well as Jason Kennedy's celebrity interview show, In the Room have also been cancelled.

E! is also moving all remaining studio productions back to Los Angeles.

Variety on Tuesday night first reported the news, citing NBCUniversal that runs E! is "looking to streamline its programming and restructure internally to create more efficiencies".

The dramatic impact of the global coronavirus pandemic also played a role with E! News and other shows that went off the air in mid-March 2020 for months, similar to what happened in South Africa and the TV industries in several other countries. The show only recently returned to the E! schedule.

Lilliana Vazquez and Scott Tweedie have been the E! News co-anchors since January 2020 after Giuliana Rancic and Jason Kenny left E! News in late-2019.

South African viewers got their first glimpse of the orange-and-white E! News Daily, as it was then known, when M-Net (DStv 101) and e.tv in the late '90s acquired the show and would programme individual insert strips or episodes as filler programming. Jules Asner and Steve Kmetko were the co-hosts – with a goldfish.

E! News Daily morphed into the red-letter E! News Live with John Burke. From 2006 it became E! News with Ryan Seacrest and Giuliana DePandi (later Rancic) who took over as the new co-anchors.

In interviews over the years, Giuliana spoke several times of how E! News was on the verge of cancellation at E! in 2005 when she agreed to become the managing editor of the show, with a tight deadline from E! bosses to lift ratings for the show that faced the axe. She managed to save it.

After Ryan left as co-anchor, Giuliana first had Terrence Jenkins, and then Jason Kennedy, as co-hosts.

Catt Sadler stood in as co-anchor when Giuliana was away or on leave, but in December 2017 Catt Sadler announced that she had left, slamming E! over allegations of gender discrimination and unequal pay for women.

READ MORE | E! boss says Catt Sadler got paid less because she worked "daytime"

When Giuliana left E! News in mid-2015, Maria Menounos took over as co-host, but after three years Giuliana was back next to Jason as the co-hosts since September 2018. Both said goodbye when the show's production and the studio moved from Los Angeles to New York from January 2020.

Lilliana and Scott have been anchoring E! News since January.

Longtime E! News viewers will remember Ted Casablanca who did Hollywood gossip and "blind items" in his The Awful Truth segment, as well as Kristin dos Santos, E!'s resident TV expert who brought viewers news about television.

E! News correspondents who rose to fame through the show over the years range from Samantha Harris and Ken Baker, to Zuri Hall, Marc Malkin, Nina Parker and Melanie Bromley. 

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