Duo Desus Nice and The Kid Mero, who established one of the best comedy brands of the decade with their podcast Bodega Boys and their self-titled show on Showtime, are well and truly made.
Desus and Mero, also known as Daniel Baker and Joel Martinez, respectively, are arguably the biggest Hollywood crossover podcast in the industry. After getting into podcasting with Complex TV’s Desus versus Mero podcasting and Bodega Boysthe pair had a show on Viceland from 2016 to 2018 before landing the Showtime late-night series that would take them mainstream.
“Desus Nice and The Kid Mero will pursue separate creative endeavors in the future,” Showtime said in a statement late Monday. “Showtime’s Late Night Talk Show Desus & Mero will not return for a fifth season. Its final episode aired on Thursday, June 23.
Showtime’s confirmation came after days of speculation about their status. The TV series only had 15 episodes in its run before going dark (previous seasons had over 50 episodes), and the podcast had essentially been scrapped — with the last episode airing in November. Last month, Desus ensured the “bodegahivethat “art is coming back”. But last week, Mero had apparently commented on a social post that it was over: “PODCAST DONE ENJOY THE BACK CATALOG MY PALS.” Friday, Desus repliedtweeting “the hive deserved better than this ending.”
No one seems happy about the breakup. The bodegahive is melting on Twitter, and Showtime just lost a big hit that managed to get President Barack Obama and President Joe Biden (when he was running) invited. After such a smash run, the two are unlikely to fade from the public eye, but despite the duo’s catchphrase, the brand hasn’t survived.