“No decision has been made,” said the spokeswoman for E! in an email to LGBTQ Nation. Alan Nierob, co-president of entertainment worldwide at Rogers and Cowan and Jenner’s personal publicist and spokesman, echoed that message in a separate email, stating, “Not to our knowledge.”
The claim by Radar Online relies on the word of an unnamed “production insider” who tells the rag, “There just weren’t enough viewers,” and “The show can’t compete with other programming.” The website also says “multiple sources exclusively confirm” the cancelation of the I Am Cait docu-series after two seasons.
Even Logo’s venerable NewNowNext repeated Radar’s “reporting,” citing the website, which contradicts what multiple sources tell LGBTQ Nation, that the production company is currently putting together its budget for season three.
But according to Radar’s source, the reputed decision to cancel factored in how the former Olympian was received by transgender viewers: “Caitlyn just wasn’t relatable. Trans viewers did not see her as one of them.”
That will be tested in the next season of Transparent, when Jenner plays herself on the Amazon series.
Radar is no stranger to being accused of getting the facts wrong, such as in June, when it reported Michael Jackson sexually abused his nephews; they’ve filed a libel suit for $100 million. The website, according to the nephews’ attorney, has built a business of publishing false, embarrassing and hurtful gossip for profit. Actor Robert Duval declined to sue Radar Online for reporting he had a stroke, but complained about it to Howard Stern.
We’ve reached out to the writers to see if they stand by their “reporting” and in the off-chance they got this one right, we’ll let you know.