Showtime’s late-night talk show “Desus and Mero” will not be returning for a fifth season, the channel announced Monday.
The show’s hosts, Desus Nice (aka Daniel Baker) and Kid Mero (aka Joel Martinez), interviewed former President Barack Obama and collaborated on projects like podcasts and a book, but “are now pursuing separate creative efforts moving forward,” a Showtime rep said in an emailed statement.
“Desus Nice and the Kid Mero have made a name for themselves in comedy and the late-night space as quick-witted cultural commentators,” the statement read.
After the announcement, Desus wrote on Twitter that he was “proud of the show my team made every episode” and hinted that he had other projects in the works.
Before Showtime picked up “Desus and Mero” in 2018, the show aired on Viceland for two years. The couple, who both grew up in the Bronx, also hosted a longtime podcast, “Bodega Boys.”
The television series upended the traditional model of late-night talk shows, with hosts sitting in chairs next to their guests instead of cloistered behind desks. They swapped carefully crafted opening monologues for a looser conversational style where they responded to news events and viral clips, building on each other’s jokes.
The show’s fourth season on Showtime kicked off in March with an interview with Denzel Washington that highlighted Desus and Mero’s ability to draw candid and personal insights from celebrities and politicians in interviews that sounded more like conversations. The two spoke with the Oscar-winning actor, who grew up in Mount Vernon, NY, about different stops on the #2 subway line and the rising price of a slice of pizza.
Before Desus and Mero became a comedy duo, each had built a following on Twitter, where they occasionally interacted while cracking jokes about their daily jobs and the Bronx.
They had attended the same summer school and knew each other well, but it was a reunion they were both invited to by an editor for the pop culture website Complex that officially brought them together. This meeting led to a podcast titled “Desus versus Mero,” which premiered in 2013, and later to a web series.
After leaving Complex, they launched the “Bodega Boys” podcast. In 2020, they released an advice book, “God-Level Knowledge Darts: Life Lessons From the Bronx”.
Fans, known as ‘Bodega Hive’, had speculated that the end of the comedy partnership might be near after the podcast stopped releasing new episodes; the last one went up in November. Responding to a series of tweets which seemed to confirm the end of the podcast, Desus said last week that their fans “deserve better than this ending”.