What Happened to Red Table Talk? Why was the Show Cancelled?

Red Table Talk

Red Table Talk is a very popular American talk show featuring Willow Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Jada’s mother, Adrienne Banfield-Norris. The show first aired on May 7, 2018, on Facebook Watch and had a successful five-season run of 129 episodes on the streaming platform.

The show resulted in a spinoff, “Red Table Talk: The Estefans,” led by Emily Estefan, Gloria Estefan, and Lili Estefan. However, in April 2023, Facebook Watch canceled “Red Table Talk,” but the show’s production company, Westbrook Studios, is reportedly seeking a new home for the series.


What Happened To Red Table Talk?

After Meta decided to close all its Facebook Watch originals, Red Table Talk was canceled. A Meta representative said that the company was shuttering its Facebook Watch originals group but refused to provide further comment. A source contacted Jada Pinkett Smith and Willow Smith’s representatives for their comments.

A statement shared on the show’s Facebook page, “We are so grateful to have had such a beautiful partnership and we are sorry to see the entire team disband. We wish everyone well in their new journeys to come.” The statement revealed that the show is now “in talks of finding a new home.”

Why Was Red Table Talk Cancelled?

Red Table Talk was canceled after Facebook Watch shows were shut down. According to some sources, Westbrook, the production company behind “Red Table Talk,” is currently searching for a new network or streaming service for the talk show. The show was the only remaining original on Facebook Watch.

Red Table Talk spanned five years and five seasons and featured candid conversations among three generations of the Smith family: Adrienne Banfield-Norris, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Willow Smith. The topics discussed on the show were diverse and included sexuality, racism, addiction, narcissism, and more. Along with the hosts, several celebrities such as Tiffany Haddish, Ciara, Rumer Willis, Queen Latifah, and Lauren London joined the discussions on the show.

Red Table Talk Show Cancelled

In addition to its successful five-year run, Red Table Talk also inspired a spinoff in 2020 titled “Red Table Talk: The Estefans,” featuring Gloria Estefan, Lili Estefan, and Emily Marie Estefan. In June 2022, following Will Smith’s controversial physical altercation with Chris Rock at the Oscars, Jada Pinkett Smith addressed the incident with empathy for both her husband and Rock on an episode of “Red Table Talk.”

Jada expressed hope that the two men could reconcile and find healing, adding that in today’s world, people need each other more than ever. Pinkett Smith also highlighted that she and Will have been navigating life together for the past 28 years and will continue to do so.

Is Red Table Talk Looking for a New Distributor?

Although the show is currently on hold, according to a source, its production company Westbrook Studios, founded by Jada and Will Smith, is actively seeking a new distributor for “Red Table Talk.” This move seems reasonable given the show’s popularity and its significance in providing a platform for Jada, Adrienne, and Willow to engage in important discussions. The show had a massive following and was widely viewed.


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