E! announced that they unceremoniously cancelled Olympian Ryan Lochte’s reality show What Would Ryan Lochte Do? yesterday because of poor ratings.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the series averaged just over 440,000 viewers over its eight episode run. The show was also pushed back from it’s 10 p.m. Sunday time slot to 10:30 p.m. to make room for Married To Jonas in hopes the Jonas Brothers audience would carry over. Sadly, it didn’t.
I’d like to think I’m brave enough to admit that I was one of the 440,000 people who actually tuned in every week to find out what Ryan Lochte did when it wasn’t the Olympics. I’ll also admit that I couldn’t figure out how producers could cull enough footage from the Olympic swimmer for a whole series because let’s face it: the guy isn’t the brightest bulb out of the pool.
Alas, I’m still sad to think his general cluelessness won’t be part of my television line-up. Here are seven reasons why I’ll miss What Will Ryan Lochte Do?
1. The Jeah’s!
2. Jumping bananas
3. Frequent reminders of just how out of shape we are
4. His terrible fashion sense
To be fair, he does clean up pretty well:
5. His various facial expressions
6. When he confirms what we’re all thinking…
7. His stance on politics