Twentieth TV’s “Forgive or Forget” will be Love-less now that the show’s host, Mother Love, is ankling the relationship strip, with Robin Givens set to fill the role of peacemaker.
“Forgive,” a talk-reality hour hosted by former radio personality Mother Love, bowed in the off-season in June 1998 and is currently hovering near a 2.0 rating. Givens will take over in January.
“We thoroughly believe in the format of ‘Forgive or Forget’ which, with Mother Love as host, had a very strong first year,” said Rick Jacobson, prexy and chief operating officer of Twentieth TV. “Unfortunately, success in television depends on the numbers and, as of late, the show appears to have reached a plateau. In order to remain competitive, we are taking the show in a new direction, and we are thrilled to have Robin Givens joining us for this exciting transition.”
Givens has had roles in indie films “Book of Love” and “Everything’s Jake,” but she may be best known for her work in TV series such as “Head of the Class” and “Sparks,” the film “Boomerang” and her former marriage to Mike Tyson.
“I am confident (Givens’) participation will inject new energy into the show and expand its viewership,” said Jacobson. “At the same time, we thank Mother Love for her contribution to ‘Forgive or Forget’ over the last year and a half and we wish her all the best.”
Although representatives for Love could not be reached for comment, insiders say that she may have been unhappy with her current deal and out to nab her own production deal in the near future, so Twentieth execs decided to replace her at midseason to help ensure third-year renewals at January’s NATPE confab.