HBO Cancels ‘Joe Buck Live’

by | March 29, 2010 at 2:26 PM | TV News

'Joe Buck Live' (Photo: HBO)

'Joe Buck Live' (Photo: HBO)

The Buck stops here?

Joe Buck Live‘ is over after just three episodes of the sports talk show aired.

HBO confirmed the series’ cancellation Monday via a statement from HBO president Ross Greenburg.

“Joe Buck is one of the premier broadcasters in our industry. It was a privilege to work with him at HBO. Joe worked tirelessly on the three shows, and we appreciate his professionalism and immense talent. We have made the decision not to continue his talk show, and wish him all the best and continued success with his wide array of responsibilities at Fox Sports.”

Joe Buck himself knew ‘Live’ was dead, tipping off a St. Louis sports talk station in an interview last Wednesday: “There’s only another nine months on that contract anyway, so I don’t think it’s that big of a deal either way,” Buck said.

Looks like Artie Lange really did kill the show.

‘Joe Buck Live’ had a controversial debut last June when Howard Stern sidekick Artie Lange embarked on a profanity-laced, hostile take-over of the show, which ended with him saying, “I’m sorry to ruin your f***ing great show.”

Buck elaborated on his show’s fate and gave the experience a positive spin in an interview with Deadspin.

“HBO told me early this week that the network was steering away from talk shows going forward. That’s bad news when you have a talk show. It was a great opportunity and I enjoyed every minute of it. Yes, even those minutes in the first show. The people there could not be better to work with, and the experience I got doing a live show is invaluable. From Favre to Mayweather we had great guests, a lot of fun, and found a returning audience in a short time.”