Netflix has abruptly cancelled the show The Break with Michelle Wolf after just 10 episodes, while it was on a brief hiatus. I had watched all of the shows and am puzzled by the cancellation. Netflix has not given its reasons for the decision and since it keeps its audience view numbers private, it is hard to know what triggered this.
Well, that was fast. On Friday, Netflix quietly pulled the plug on The Break with Michelle Wolf, one of the only “late-night” shows on “television” hosted by a female comedian, just three months after it premiered.
“None of us can believe how classlessly Netflix has handled this,” a source connected to the show told The Daily Beast after the news broke, noting that the entire writing staff and even the showrunners found out they had been fired on Twitter.
The utter opacity of Netflix’s model makes it impossible to know how many people were watching The Break on a weekly basis, but the show’s cultural impact could be felt on a near-weekly basis. Wolf is an expert at outraging conservatives—perhaps something Netflix was less-than-thrilled about—from her “God bless abortions” segment over the 4th of July to her commercial parody that equated ICE to ISIS a couple of weeks later.
Here is a clip from one of her last shows.
I am sorry to see her lose the show. She, along with Samantha Bee, was one of the few women hosts of such shows and they tackled topics and took stances that would be difficult for male hosts to do convincingly. She had a fearless attitude but delivered her barbs with a constant smile on her face.
I hope somebody else picks up her show.