If you were confused as to why Desus and Mero were quickly put off the air on Viceland after announcing their new deal with Showtime, we’ve got answers.
In a new interview with Bossip, the duo is spilling all — from Viceland ending their contract early to feeling undervalued at the network.
“Vice has us for two more months….we did not leave Vice, Vice ended our contract. They were in their feelings because we were leaving,” Desus said. He continued, “We could still be doing the show, and it bothers me because now people are tagging us like ‘do this, do this, what would your reactions be for this?’ and I’m like, ‘yo wow, what would my reaction be?’” Desus said.
He continued, “Viceland wanted 160 episodes a year. We have no writers, it’s literally me and Mero talking to one another every day. If you want us to do this for 160 episodes, pay us 160 million dollars—otherwise, we would have killed each other. We were carrying that network on our back, and we felt the weight. They were talking about, ‘do not take the weeks off because we don’t get ratings,’ and it’s like, ‘Yo, we’re just two people. The channel wanted us to die for this f**king network. We’re also the highest-rated show on the network; put some respect on our name; have someone come massage my feet.” Mero added, “And we are not divas, we’re flexible dudes. They kinda undervalued us a little bit.”
They are also reassuring fans they won’t be left in the dark with the move to Showtime.
“Every time someone complains about the price, I think of myself. It doesn’t bother us, it’s just when people are negative and like, ‘yo, you guys sold out.’ You’re still gonna get the show you want, and it’s gonna be like $5.99. Relax,” Desus said.
“It’s not like we ran off on the plug. The very fact that we’re going to Showtime means that the show is going to get bigger and better. It’s gonna be on a bigger scale, bigger budget, more exposure, more likeliness to win a f**king Emmy,” added Mero.
You can read the full report over at Bossip.