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Posted Tuesday 7/10/18 at 5:52PM EDT
Desus & Mero stars reveal tension with Viceland: "We did not leave Vice, Vice ended our contract"
Desus Nice and The Kid Mero weren't happy to abruptly exit their Viceland show two weeks ago. “Can I just be messy off the rip right now?” Desus tells Bossip. “Vice has us for 2 more months….we did not leave Vice, Vice ended our contract. They were in their feelings because we were leaving" for Showtime. He added: "We could still be doing the show, and it bothers me because now people are tagging us like ‘do this, do this, what would your reactions be for this?’ and I’m like, ‘yo wow, what would my reaction be?’” Desus said they were grateful for Viceland "poppping the cherry" after other networks passed on them. But he added: “Viceland wanted 160 episodes a year. We have no writers, it’s literally me and Mero talking to one another every day. If you want us to do this for 160 episodes, pay us 160 million dollars—otherwise we would have killed each other.”
Posted Friday 6/29/18 at 1:21PM EDT
Desus & Mero's Viceland finale was its most New York episode
Desus Nice and The Kid Mero got New York sports radio legend Mike Francesa, whom they grew up listening to, to appear on their final show before heading off to Showtime.
Posted Friday 6/22/18 at 11:17AM EDT
Desus & Mero's Emmy campaign promises to "reduce white guilt"
Viceland's campaign for Desus Nice and The Kid Mero's departing late-night talk show includes a branded bus, advertising and an airplane flying a banner all carrying the same message: "Reduce White Guilt *Today* -- Consider Desus & Mero."
Posted Monday 6/18/18 at 8:27PM EDT
Desus and Mero's late-night Showtime talk show aims to be a “mash-up of The Daily Show and the Chappelle's Show"
In a New York Times Magazine profile timed with this morning's Showtime announcement that Desus Nice (AKA Daniel Baker) and The Kid Mero (AKA Joel Martinez) are starting a weekly late-night show, Jazmine Hughes goes behind the scenes of the pair's Viceland series and reveals what they have in store at the pay cable network. "Unlike on Viceland, where their comedy was purely verbal, the move will give Baker and Martinez the ability to blow their jokes out visually," she writes. As Hughes explains, Viceland's Desus & Mero "has been the answer for anyone in search of a rundown of pop culture from young people who also regularly waste hours surfing the web while slightly stoned. But more important, in a landscape in which black people dominate the culture but have few recognized channels to respond to it, the show, which stars two American black men, provides a venue for black authority in the mainstream. Their rapport has proved so popular that more-established networks have taken notice. Unlike their late-night peers, the pair don’t have an impeccably plotted approach to the show: They just talk, a geyser of whip-smart running commentary, seamlessly building off each other’s jokes, able to anticipate and carry each other like dancers or jazz musicians. That night, they did a seven-minute segment on West’s appearance on TMZ, offering very little setup — if you knew, you knew. Instead, they just reacted to what they saw, talking in between snippets of footage, saying the same sort of thing we were all thinking, but funnier."
Posted Monday 6/18/18 at 1:47PM EDT
Desus and Mero to star in Showtime's first-ever late-night talk show
Showtime's announcement that Desus Nice and The Kid Mero are getting their own half-hour weekly series premiering in 2019 comes three days after they announced they are ending their popular nearly two-year-old Viceland talk show on June 28. “We have waited a long time to enter the talk-show space, and we were only going to do it if we felt like we had the next big thing," said Showtime CEO David Nevins. “Desus and Mero feel like exactly that: They have knockout comedic voices, they’re brilliant interviewers and they always have a unique take on culture both high and low,” Nevins added, citing their "loyal and devoted fan base that will only multiply." Desus Nice said of joining Showtime: “The brand is stronger than ever and we look forward to continuing to make amazing authentic television that will make your wiggington explode.” The Kid Mero added: "I’m excited to be joining a network with such a strong foundation and track record of producing fuegooooo and to break new ground with a late-night comedy show!”
Posted Friday 6/15/18 at 4:58PM EDT
Desus & Mero stars are ending their Viceland show, with an eye toward a Showtime deal
Desus Nice and The Kid Mero will end their hit Viceland show on June 28. According to Deadline, Viceland tried to strike a new deal with the duo, but they "got an opportunity they felt they could not pass on," which could be a weekly show on Showtime.
Posted Wednesday 4/25/18 at 10:49PM EDT
Desus & Mero have brought a fresh energy to late-night
Viceland's late-night show hosted by Desus Nice and The Kid Mero is made with "effortless style, and a format that blends the traditional late-night desk bit with the sharp-witted comedic assault of Mystery Science Theater 3000," explains Kristen Baldwin. She says it also helps that they've brought an infusion of color into the late-night landscape.
Posted Friday 1/05/18 at 11:08PM EST
ESPN says Katie Nolan was “inappropriate” for saying President Trump is a “f*cking stupid person”
“We have looked into the totality of Nolan’s comments, they were inappropriate and we have addressed it with her,” ESPN said in a statement responding to her Desus & Mero appearance on Viceland.
Posted Friday 1/05/18 at 12:04PM EST
ESPN’s Katie Nolan calls President Trump a “f*cking stupid person”
Appearing on Viceland’s Desus and Mero this week, Nolan might have run afoul of ESPN’s rules saying that employees “should refrain from overt partisanship or endorsement of particular candidates, politicians or political parties" while avoiding "personal attacks and inflammatory rhetoric." Nolan might have also used the “R-word” to describe Trump.