Popular entertainment program Entertainment Tonight Canada, also known as ET Canada, has been cancelled by its parent company Corus Entertainment after 18 years.
In a statement posted to the company’s website on Wednesday, Corus attributed the cancellation to “the costs of producing a daily entertainment newsmagazine show in a challenging advertising environment.”
The hour-long entertainment, celebrity, TV and film show began in 2005 on Global TV. Canadian media personality Cheryl Hickey hosted the show, alongside entertainment reporters Carlos Bustamante, Keshia Chanté, Morgan Hoffman and Sangita Patel — who became co-host in 2022. The reporters interviewed celebrities including Idris Elba, Shania Twain and Ed Sheeran, bringing a Canadian angle to entertainment news.
“We recognize the impact this decision has on the dedicated team who have worked on the show and we thank them for their meaningful contributions over the years,” the statement added.
With ET Canada off the air, ETalk on CTV — anchored by Tyrone Edwards with senior correspondents Lainey Lui and Traci Melchor, reporters Chloe Wilde and Sonia Mangat, L.A. correspondent Liz Trinnear and special contributor Priyanka — will become Canada’s only entertainment news program.
It’s unclear whether employees from the show will be brought onto other Corus productions.
The final episode of ET Canada will air on Oct. 6, after which encore specials will air in the time slot until Oct. 31.