HBO Canceled Bill Simmons' Any Given Wednesday

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 07:  HBO's Bill Simmons speaks onstage during "Ahead of the Curve - The Future of Sports Journalism" at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on October 7, 2015 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Mike Windle/Getty Images for Vanity Fair)

HBO Canceled Bill Simmons' Any Given Wednesday

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HBO Canceled Bill Simmons' Any Given Wednesday

HBO announced that it has canceled Bill Simmons’ “Any Given Wednesday. ” Next week’s episode on Nov. 9 will be the show’s last.

Simmons released the following statement through HBO PR.

“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 pledged to “continue working closely” with Simmons and “bringing his unique vision to bear on an array of new programming initiatives.” It will be interesting to see whether the next venture has him in a prominent on-air role.

Simmons has a reported contract worth more than $20 million with HBO. HBO also has an undisclosed stake in The Ringer.

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