W. Kamau Bell on “Totally Biased”: “The show was canceled. I’m not canceled.”
When Salon spoke to W. Kamau Bell, host of the just-canceled "Totally Biased" on FXX, two months ago to discuss the lack of diversity on "SNL," the stand-up comic had high ambitions for his own late-night comedy show. Having been been upped to a nightly broadcast from weekly the year prior, Bell also admitted that he felt a lot of pressure as one of the few champions of diversity on television: "For me, I feel the pressure on 'Totally Biased,' he said. "If this show becomes a hit, then it hopefully can open up a space for more shows like mine, more shows with this perspective."
Unfortunately, Bell won't see this happen with "Totally Biased." Although Bell's show, produced by comedy legend and "SNL" alum Chris Rock, was given lots of creative license by FXX parent network FX and has affected national conversations, like the rape joke debate between Lindy West and Jim Norton, and educating the media on Sikh versus Sheik, the show didn't pull in strong ratings; FXX pulled the plug and the last episode aired Thursday.