Today it was announced that E! has canceled Busy Philipps’ late night show Busy Tonight and I am devastated. One of my favorite things in the morning, while laying in bed before forcing myself to start the day, is to see what new clips are posted on the Busy Tonight YouTube channel. Busy Philipps hosted the show from a large comfy couch, often with her legs curled underneath her, as she sat and chatted with her guests. When she walked onto her living room-esque set to greet the audience at the top of the show, it felt like she was inviting us into her home, in a way almost reminiscent of Mr. Rogers. As a viewer, it felt like you were just watching two people chat instead of a staged and structured interview. Many of her guests were her friends or people she knew, but that is expected for how long she has been in this industry. But what struck me the most is how genuinely interested Philipps was in all of her guests and all of their stories.
Luckily, Philipps is not giving up on her show and is trying to find Busy Tonight a new home. As Busy Philipps was also just nominated for a Critics’ Choice Award for best TV Host of the year, I pray to the TV gods that she is able to.
Hey guys. Just wanted to let you know my show BusyTonight won’t be continuing on the E network after May 16. I’m beyond proud of what we’ve built in such a short period of time and I’m hopeful we can find the right place for the show to live on. Goodnight you guys. I love you.✨
— Busy Philipps (@BusyPhilipps) May 6, 2019
I do not have the lovely angelic voice of Busy, so instead of singing my farewell, I will leave you with my favorite Busy Tonight clip: