Bill Simmons’ HBO show, “Real Time With Bill Simmons” or whatever it was called, was canceled after five months. Nobody was watching. You’d have to think that with the money invested in Simmons, HBO would have been okay with him putting in the work to fix the kinks and make it better, but one or both sides must have simply given up when the going got tough.
However, “nobody was watching” isn’t the real reason the show was canceled.
In a 50-minute interview with The Breakfast Club on New York radio station 105.1, Simmons explained what made it so hard to do his show and have success. Apparently one of the things that prevented his success was his success. No, seriously.
“When you have some success with anything, I think, at a certain point people are like ‘f*ck this guy.’” Simmons said.
Ah, yes. That’s why people stopped seeing Brad Pitt movies in 2003 and why KISS can’t sell out a show anymore. You rarely hear the excuse, “I’m too successful” to explain lack of success at a thing, but here we are.