Amber Rose’s latest and most independent venture on VH1 is a late-night talk show hosted by the celebrity simply called The Amber Rose Show. For those who don’t know, Amber Rose is a small-time celebrity who got her start in the entertainment industry through sexual appeal in music videos and modeling gigs. She then went on to flaunt her sexual openness and opinions on gender relations in the media with outspoken huffs and puffs. This loudness regarding sexual matters and relationships with higher-profile celebrities, especially those related to the hip-hop subculture, gained her a sizeable following in her own right. Today she boasts almost 4 million followers on Twitter.
While Amber Rose the person might have risen from the ranks in a similar manner as Kim Kardashian, her show has a lot more in common with Tyra Banks’ foray into talk show television. Like the Tyra Banks show, its major motif is feminist content, examining questions regarding the social inequalities between men and women and encouraging female empowerment. This includes question and answer sessions with celebrities as well as voyages into the streets to ask the plebeians for their opinions. Tacked onto this are celebrity interviews most commonly with figures of interest in the hip-hop community.
Yet it quickly becomes clear that Amber Rose has no intention of waging her public battle against gender inequality without on the high road. The Tyra Banks Show was very much a daytime affair on a broadcast network, just as Tyra Banks is a child of the day. Like The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, where Banks was wont to act as a guest star early in her career, it raised issues without being too controversial and it talked about adult matters without being vulgar. Amber Rose is no Tyra Banks and her late-night abode doesn’t mince words when it comes to sex and the various ways in which it can be served up.
This is all going over pretty well with the fans who bother to watch her show. It airs on minor network VH1, known for its odd reality shows usually featuring has-been celebrities such as Hulk Hogan and Flavor Flave many decades after the last flame of their pre-millennial popularity had been snuffed. This means that it doesn’t get many viewers. Adherents who turn in regularly to her Friday night slot number in the few hundred thousands – from 200,000 – 500,000 per episode on average. This is hardly more than what we see for talk shows with a very specific audience, such as Star Talk for geeks. In Rose’s defense, this may be due to the fact that 11:00 PM on a Friday night isn’t prime television real estate if your audience consists mainly of people who don’t come home until 2:00 AM on weekend nights. It seems like a short-sighted move by VH1.
We can go so far as to label the audience numbers “dismal”, which is surprising given Rose’s four million-strong social media draw. While not being able to predict that 11:00 PM on Friday wasn’t the best time slot for this one, they were able to foresee that it might not be a massive success. In a rare move for a talk show, they only leased out the set for Rose’s use for 8 episodes. As of yet, there is no news on whether #ARS will return or not and no filming of a second season has been announced.
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