EXCLUSIVE: ‘Sister Circle’ talk show canceled after three seasons

Final episode set to air April 24

Tegna’s Atlanta-based talk show “Sister Circle” will end its run April 24 after nearly three seasons.

The company released a statement noting that “while there are many loyal fans of the show, the show has not grown its audience enough to continue.”

It added: “Our four talented, engaging hosts had an uplifting and positive impact on daytime viewers and we are so proud of the team and what ‘Sister Circle’ has accomplished in its almost three-year run.”

The show, which airs locally on WATL-TV at 10 a.m. weekdays and on TV One nationally at noon, is the only talk show of its kind based out of Atlanta. It has an all African American cast and competes with shows such as “The Talk” on CBS and “The Real,” seen in Atlanta on Fox 5 (WAGA-TV).

The show debuted in 2017 at 11Alive/WATL-TV headquarters with Atlanta veteran media personality Rashan Ali at the helm. Other panelists were R&B singer Syleena Johnson, "Married to Medicine" cast member Quad Webb and comedienne Kiana Dancie. Dancie was replaced by Trina Braxton ("Braxton Family Values") in the show's second season.

"All of the ladies have a spiritual center about them," said executive producer Helen Swenson in 2017 before the show debuted. "I feel like that this was a divine power that brought us together. This show is not only going to be fun and entertaining but it will provoke thought. It will be relevant and relatable not just to women of color but all women."

The show's production was suspended the week of March 16 due to coronavirus concerns and has been airing repeats.

Ali, who started her media career under the tutelage of Ryan Cameron (who just had emergency surgery), said in a text that "it was a privilege to have this opportunity. I am so proud of the show and want to thank my co-hosts, our production team and our 'Sister Circle' family for making an indelible impact in media."

She added: “Right now, however, my thoughts and prayers are with Ryan Cameron who played an integral role in my career.”

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