Desus & Mero Allegedly Split Due To Feud Over Longtime Manager, Says Source
The Bodega Boys are no longer a duo due allegedly over a conflict involving their manager Victor Lopez.
It has recently been reported that Desus and Mero departed and their manager Victor Lopez is the one to blame. In a lengthy post, fans received an explanation of how Victor Lopez allegedly caused a dispute between Desus and Mero. It reads:
“So, a couple readers texted, what the heck happened to Desus & Mero? Blame their manager. When the news broke Tuesday that the comedy duo Desus Nice (a.k.a. Daniel Baker) and the Kid Mero (a.k.a. Joel Martinez) would end both their creative partnership and their excellent Showtime late-night show, many in the comedy world were perplexed. These guys had a great gig, were landing guests like Presidents Biden and Obama and Denzel Washington, and seemingly had the network’s full support.”
The report continued:
“But the rift that led to the implosion was pretty clear to insiders at the show. Here’s what happened, according to five separate sources. Shortly after Thanksgiving, Showtime asked that Victor Lopez, the duo’s longtime manager and a credited producer on Desus & Mero, no longer attend tapings or appear in meetings. Lopez had been accused of asshole behavior, including bullying, screaming and generally making people on the show feel bad. Several formal complaints had been made, according to two sources. (Showtime and reps for the duo declined to comment; Lopez could not be reached.)”
The report claimed:
“Desus agreed with Showtime and wanted Lopez out, but Mero is said to have felt loyal to their manager, who had been with the Bronx-raised duo for years. The comics first became big on Black Twitter, were brought together for a podcast for Complex, then another pod, Bodega Boys, that led to a show on Viceland, and then for the past four seasons, on Showtime. Lopez was there for pretty much all of it, and Mero resisted booting him, I’m told. As the dispute metastasized, people started noticing.”
The report added:
“The duo stopped posting podcast episodes in November, which raised eyebrows among fans. Mero quietly left their longtime agent Christina Bazdekis, and lawyer, Victoria Cook, and signed in February with WME and Ziffren Brittenham by himself. The stars talked less and less during the show’s fourth season, which concluded in June. Desus hosted Jimmy Kimmel Live solo earlier this summer. Last week, responding to some fan tweets suggesting the end of the podcast, Desus said that their followers “deserved better than this ending.” And at the MLB All-Star Game’s celebrity softball exhibition last weekend, I’m told they arrived and participated in activities separately. Then, Tuesday, the announcement from Showtime. Desus is already teasing a new project.”
Fans were disappointed after reading the reason of Desus and Mero’s alleged break up. Instagram users shared their opinion on the separation of the Bodega Boys.
As previously reported, the late-night show “Desus & Mero” has ended after four seasons at Showtime. A Showtime spokesperson said:
“Desus Nice and The Kid Mero will be pursuing separate creative endeavors moving forward. Showtime’s late-night talk show ‘Desus & Mero’ will not be returning for a fifth season.”
The rep continued:
“Desus Nice and The Kid Mero have made a name for themselves in comedy and in the late-night space as quick-witted cultural commentators. Throughout its run, the series won a WGA Award, received Critics’ Choice nominations and scored interviews with President Barack Obama, President Joe Biden, Derek Jeter, Missy Elliott, Denzel Washington, Charlize Theron, David Letterman, Yo-Yo Ma and many more. They have been brilliant hosts, and we wish them the best, along with the team at JAX Media and the incredible crew.”
Desus took to Twitter to confirmed the breakup:
“shouts to showtime & shouts to the hive, thanks for being part of the journey. proud of the show my staff made every episode. Big tings soon come….”
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