Flags across the Bronx are being flown at half-staff on Tuesday (July 19) after Showtime confirmed that Desus & Mero wouldn’t be returning for a fifth season as hosts Desus Nice and The Kid Mero have parted ways to pursue separate endeavors.
“Desus Nice and The Kid Mero will be pursuing separate creative endeavors moving forward,” a Showtime spokesperson relayed to Variety. “Showtime’s late-night talk show Desus & Mero will not be returning for a fifth season.”
— DESUS & MERO on SHOWTIME (@SHODesusAndMero) July 18, 2022
Desus and Mero first linked up at Complex in late 2013. They launched their widely-successful Bodega Boys podcast in 2015 and then took their talents to VICE for Desus & Mero in 2016.
The Bronx-bred, award-winning duo eventually fled VICE in 2018 for broader pastures at Showtime, where they held steady for four seasons from 2019 through 2022.
“Shouts to showtime & shouts to the hive, thanks for being part of the journey. proud of the show my staff made every episode. Big tings soon come,” Desus wrote on Twitter.
shouts to showtime & shouts to the hive, thanks for being part of the journey. proud of the show my staff made every episode. Big tings soon come…. https://t.co/bKKezHz5qS
— Desus Nice (@desusnice) July 18, 2022
Throughout the decorated series, Desus and Mero interviewed talent from all walks of life, including former President Barack Obama, President Joe Biden, Derek Jeter, radio legend Mike Francesa, Wiz Khalifa, Missy Elliott, Denzel Washington and more.
Fans of the show were heartbroken at the news after rumors of a possible break-up began to circulate on social media and Reddit over the weekend.
“Salute to Desus & Mero for being the definition of never switching up,” ItsTheReal podcast hosts Jeff and Eric Rosenthal wrote on Twitter. “Congrats on everything individually and together, and here’s to what’s next.”
Netflix’s Joe Childs added: “I can’t put into words how much seeing Desus & Mero succeed meant to me, as someone who was born and raised in The Bronx. No matter what, the Bodega Boys did that. And I’m grateful for their run.”
Salute to Desus & Mero for being the definition of never switching up. Congrats on everything individually and together, and here’s to what’s next.
— ItsTheReal (@itsthereal) July 18, 2022
I can’t put into words how much seeing Desus & Mero succeed meant to me, as someone who was born and raised in The Bronx.
No matter what, the Bodega Boys did that. And I’m grateful for their run.
— Joi Childs (@jumpedforjoi) July 18, 2022
Find more reactions to the end of Desus & Mero below:
Mad love to Desus & Mero.
— brandon / jinx / big jinx (@brandonjinx) July 18, 2022
Wait——I’m late—-why is everyone asking me “is this a coincidence you’re putting up the Desus/Mero ep? Been onstage for the last 5 hours what’s goin on?!
— Dr. Love (@questlove) July 18, 2022
watching desus and mero skyrocket into the cosmos these past few years was a constant source of joy and inspiration — i was very happy when i got to meet them in person and found out they were just as funny and sincere in the actual world as they were on the internet
— Shea Serrano (@SheaSerrano) July 19, 2022
Me telling my grandkids about Desus&Mero clowning Akademiks
"They clowned his ass on twitter one night then went on their show a few hours later&lit his ass up some more THEN dropped the episode that same night. It was a glorious time. Made him cry. My generation's moon landing" pic.twitter.com/1wvEz213T6
— ✨🦦America Is Musty🦦✨ (@DragonflyJonez) July 18, 2022
At least Desus & Mero gave us this: pic.twitter.com/qh4xmnQBke
— ✰ 𝕁𝕦𝕤𝕥𝕚𝕟 ✰ (@itsJustinRitch) July 18, 2022
streets* weeping for desus & mero
*it’s me, I am streets pic.twitter.com/5zn4yPnyv3
— Kathleen Newman-Bremang (@KathleenNB) July 19, 2022
Desus & Mero making fun of Eminem with never not be hilarious pic.twitter.com/XIrJ0O1QqL
— commandah cole (@cole_shutup) July 19, 2022
thank you, Desus & Mero, for putting the pain of what it’s like to be a Knicks fan on national television pic.twitter.com/ENv8ViFOk6
— Tyler Conway (@jtylerconway) July 18, 2022