Jada Pinkett Smith's 'Red Table Talk' canceled as Meta shutters Facebook Watch originals

Thursday - 27/04/2023 19:23 Author: Editors Desk Source: USA Today
Paras Griffin, Getty Images for BET
Paras Griffin, Getty Images for BET

"Red Table Talk" has been canceled following Meta's decision to shutter all its Facebook Watch originals. 

A source familiar with the situation but not authorized to speak publicly confirmed the shut down to USA TODAY on Thursday. USA TODAY has also reached out to representatives of hosts Jada Pinkett Smith and Willow Smith for comment.

"We are so grateful to have had such a beautiful partnership and we are sorry to see the entire team disband," said a statement shared on the show's Facebook page. "We wish everyone well in their new journeys to come."

The statement added that the show is "in talks of finding a new home."

EW and Deadline reported that series production company Westbrook is currently looking for a new network or streaming service for the talk show. "Red Table Talk" was the last remaining Facebook Watch original, according to Deadline.

Over the course of five years and five seasons, "Red Table Talk" featured candid discussions among three generations of the Smith family: Adrienne Banfield-NorrisJada Pinkett Smith and Willow Smith. Topics included sexuality, racism, addiction, narcissism and more.

Several celebrities joined the women on the show, including Tiffany Haddish, Ciara, Rumer WillisQueen Latifah and Lauren London.

Adrienne Banfield-Norris, Jada Pinkett Smith and Willow Smith on 'Red Table Talk.'
Adrienne Banfield-Norris, Jada Pinkett Smith and Willow Smith on "Red Table Talk."

The show also spawned the spinoff "Red Table Talk: The Estefans," with Gloria Estefan, Lili Estefan and Emily Marie Estefan, in 2020.

Following Will Smith's controversial physical altercation with Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars, Pinkett Smith addressed the incident on "Red Table Talk" with compassion for both her husband and Rock.

"Now, about Oscar night … my deepest hope is that these two intelligent, capable men have an opportunity to heal, talk this out and reconcile," she said in the June 2022 episode. "The state of the world today, we need them both, and we all actually need one another more than ever."

The actress added: "'Til then, Will and I are continuing to do what we have done for the last 28 years and that's to keep figuring out this thing called life together."

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Contributing: Naledi Ush


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