“We can confirm that new episodes of Billy on the Street will not be returning to truTV, a network spokesperson said in a statement. “The show is deceptively time-consuming to make and scheduling was increasingly difficult. We had a great run together capped off by the show’s Emmy nomination, and we wish Billy nothing but the best.”
Eichner made a cryptic reference on Twitter that changes were in the works.
He also indicated such in an earlier interview with Vanity Fair.
“My gut tells me that Billy on the Street has always been a bit of an evolving animal,” he told the publication. “It started off in segments in my live show, then became segments online, then became a long-form show on one network, then moved to another network, but still had pieces going viral all the time . . . I want to meet my fans where they are, so it’s certainly not going away. I would hate for it to go away. I don’t know if it’s going to take up as much space in my brain as it used to, as much time in my schedule as it used to, but I think it will continue to be a part of my life, and I just have to weave it into all of the other things I’m trying to do.”
Billy on the Street recently earned its first Emmy nomination, for Outstanding Variety Sketch series, but lost to Saturday Night Live. The show follows Eichner as he hits the streets of New York City to test unsuspecting passersby. He’s been joined by celebrities including Julianne Moore, Chris Pratt, Tina Fey, Will Ferrell, Anna Kendrick, Sarah Jessica Parker, Olivia Wilde and Paul Rudd.
The Funny or Die-produced series premiered December 18, 2011 on Fuse and aired for three seasons. It moved to truTV for seasons 4 and 5 in 2015 as part of a multi-year deal with parent company Turner Broadcasting. Turner inked a streaming deal with Hulu for the first five seasons last year. Eichner’s man-on-the-street interviews first became popular on the Funny Or Die website so it could conceivably go back to the short-form digital format.
The news first was reported by Page Six.