ESPN’s timing could not have been worse.
As the network decided Monday to cancel “High Noon,” hosted by Pablo S. Torre and Bomani Jones, Torre says he was at the hospital for the birth of his child when he heard his show was being eliminated.
“(Monday) began with me hugging Bo and sprinting out of the office because my pregnant wife was going into early labor,” Torre wrote on Instagram along with a picture of his newborn daughter. “It ended with our TV show getting cancelled while we were at the hospital. All of which is to say: Thanks to everyone sending kind messages about what High Noon meant to them. I am deeply proud of what we got to build. But I’ll be gone for the next couple weeks, as Liz and I welcome our first child to Earth. Her name is Violet. #girldad.”
ESPN cited viewership as the reason why “High Noon” was being canceled.
“Co-hosts Pablo Torre and Bomani Jones are extremely talented, and they helmed what we believed was a smart and nuanced show. Unfortunately, not enough people agreed with us,” ESPN said in a statement to Sports Business Journal, which reports the show averaged 330,000 viewers so far in 2020, down three percent from last year. ESPN’s much-hyped morning show “Get Up!” is only averaging 50,000 more viewers.
Torre and Jones will be used in other roles throughout the network. “High Noon” airs for a half-hour at 4 p.m. Its final episode will be next month. When it first launched in 2018, the show was an hour long and aired at noon.
Sports Business Journal reports the show will be replaced by “Jalen and Jacoby,” a show which features former NBA star Jalen Rose and producer David Jacoby. That show currently airs on ESPN 2 at 2 p.m.