Are you ready, #BodegaHive?
Showtime has never had a late-night talk show, but that is all about to change. The cable network has managed to woo our favorite Bodega Boys, Desus and Mero, away from Viceland—where, for the last two years, they have hosted Desus & Mero in the 11 p.m. slot Monday-Thursday.
Showtime announced the new show on its official Twitter account Monday, saying, “#Showtime has ordered our first ever weekly late-night talk show starring @DesusNice and @TheKidMero, scheduled to premiere in 2019. #DesusAndMero.”
On Friday, Deadline reported that the duo—whose real names are Daniel Baker and Joel Martinez, respectively—would be leaving Viceland after their final show airs June 28. It was rumored that they would be heading to Showtime, and now that has been confirmed by both the network and its president and CEO, David Nevins. Viceland reportedly tried to keep the duo with a new deal, but apparently the Showtime deal was that much sweeter.
“We have waited a long time to enter the talk show space, and we were only going to do it if we felt like we had the next big thing,” Nevins said in a released statement. “Desus and Mero feel like exactly that: They have knockout comedic voices, they’re brilliant interviewers, and they always have a unique take on culture both high and low. They have a loyal and devoted fan base that will only multiply, and we can’t wait to see them take it to the next level on Showtime.”
We always love to see our faves get their come up. The two still host their podcast, Bodega Boys, which brought them their social media popularity and led to them getting their Viceland show. The move to Showtime is the next logical step in their success and will likely introduce them to a broader audience.
“We’re honored and excited to be joining the Showtime family,” Desus told Vulture. “The brand is stronger than ever and we look forward to continuing to make amazing authentic television that will make your wiggington explode.”
The Kid Mero added: “I’m excited to be joining a network with such a strong foundation and track record of producing fuegooooo and to break new ground with a late-night comedy show!”
We can’t wait.