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Busy Tonight Ended Just as Its Host Was Finding Her Voice

Busy Philipps exited the late-night lineup right when it felt like she’d finally arrived.
Source: Jordin Althaus / E! Entertainment

As soon as E! canceled her late-night talk show, Busy Tonight, the host and actor Busy Philipps addressed the news—where else?—on Instagram. It’s where she thrives, as one of the first and most prominent celebrities to have capitalized on social-media brand building. “I’m so proud of all of the things that we’ve done, that we’ve been able to do, and I feel the show is really successful in that way, but … I don’t know what to say,” she explained. “It does seem lame that there would be just, like, one woman in late night at a time.”

Indeed, with the end of —the show aired its final episode on Thursday—Samantha Bee of TBS’s is now the only female late-night host still on TV.

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