HBO Cancels Bill Simmons' Show 'Any Given Wednesday' After 5 Months

But the partnership continues…

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American sports journalist Bill Simmons is back in the headlines today, and not for something he wrote: HBO has announced that it will not be bringing back Simmons and his weekly talkshow Any Given Wednesday next season, with November 9’s episode being its last. Last year, Simmons’ departure from ESPN was highly publicized as the writer-turned-tv personality repeatedly expressed his dismay with the franchise, however this time around, the Massachusetts native accepts the blame. Here’s what Simmons had to say about the news:

“One of the many reasons I joined HBO was to see if we could create a show built around smart conversations for sports fans and pop culture junkies. We loved making that show, but unfortunately it never resonated with audiences like we hoped. And that’s on me. But I love being a part of HBO’s family and look forward to innovating with them on other ambitious programming ideas over these next several years — both for the network and for digital. With that said, I want to thank the dedicated staff that worked so diligently with me behind the scenes to make this show every week – we hired so many great and talented people and I loved having them in my life. It’s difficult for me to imagine not working with them anymore.”

HBO has since said it intends to remain in business with Bill Simmons Media Group for the HBO Sports banner.”HBO is committed to Bill Simmons, and we are excited to bring his unique vision to bear on an array of new programming initiatives under the HBO Sports banner in 2017,” said Peter Nelson, exec VP of HBO Sports. “Bill is an award-winning executive producer in the documentary arena, and we will work closely with him in developing new and engaging content for our subscribers.”

In the meantime, Bill will continue to work on TheRinger.com and its podcast network.

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