On New Year’s Eve, actress Busy Philipps posted a series of “Almostgrams,” which were pics from the past year that she was going to post on Instagram until she thought better about it. The 40-year-old really got fans talking when she posted pictures from April 5th, when she found out that E! wasn’t going to renew her late-night talk show Busy Tonight, and opened up in the caption about how devastating it was.
Now, other celebrities are rallying around Philipps after she was so open and honest, and they are also big fans of how her 11-year-old daughter Birdie reacted to her mom losing her show.
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Final round of #almostgrams 2019! The Busy Tonight was cancelled round!! On APRIL 5, 2019! I flew to Dallas to shoot commercials over the weekend for Michael’s. When my plane took off, the song that came on shuffle was my favorite Deerhunter song He Would Have Laughed. I felt like it was a good sign. When I landed, my manager texted me to call her. Which I did. And she told me E! would not renew my show after the order was finished in a month. It was effectively cancelled. I was blindsided, especially since the last text I had from the head of E(who’s now gone🤷♀️) was about marketing for busy tonight that he was excited to tell me about. Anyway. I did what anyone would do. I sat in the lobby of the hotel in Dallas and ordered three tequilas and called Marc, Caissie, Eric, Tina, Caissie again and I cried. I waited for a call or email from someone at E, which never came so I sent a text to the head of the network that truly makes me lol to this day(slide 3). Then I took some selfies(first 2 pics), got a text from Marc reminding me about the Deerhunter song(slide 4), made a music video in my hotel room to it(which I posted to my stories at the time), then I went and got a tattoo on my ankle; the illustration from my book from the chapter where I got super fucked over by some dudes in this business(slide 5), THEN before I went to bed, I saw it was a new moon and what that moon meant(slide6). And. Anyway. It all started to become clear and I knew things were going to be better than fine. Right before the show was finished, I found a letter my daughter wrote to E! and I feel like as this year is almost over, the decade is closing, it's the right time to post the letter(slides 7,8,9🤣). And all the rest of it from April 5. Because here's the thing. The moon was right, the song WAS a good sign, my girl knows something about her mom- I work hard AF and love to prove people wrong and finally, the men will always try to fuck you over so fuck em and figure out something else. Which is exactly what Caissie and I have been doing. And next year; in 2020 we will finally be able to share it. 😍 So Happy New Year everyone!!Goodnight you guys! I love you SO much!!!
In the post, the Dawson’s Creek alum posted a series of pics that featured her crying with mascara running down her face, and she wrote in the caption that they were from the day she found out E! wouldn’t be renewing Busy Tonight.
Philipps explained that she was “devastated” by the news, and she posted a screenshot of the last text message conversation she had with the head of E! (who no longer works at the network).
In the last text from the head of the network, he told Philipps that they would be setting up a meeting for the next week after she returned from her trip to Dallas to discuss the new marketing for her show, and he was available to talk whenever she wanted.
After hearing that the show was canceled from her agent, Philipps replied, “Nah dude. You’re bad at your job. Do better.”
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Ok! Round 3 of #almostgrams 2019! My kids! Yes! I put my kids on my Instagram! I always ask them for permission to post pics and I always show them the caption as well. Sometimes they say no-🤷♀️ Listen, maybe I'm making the wrong choice in my parenting! Only time will tell! I love them more than anything in the world and all I ever want is for them to know that and feel as though they're a part of every part of my life because they are. ❤️❤️❤️❤️
Ultimately, Philipps decided that despite the cancelation, it was fine because things would get better. However, Birdie was angry that E! had canceled her mom’s show, and Philipps posted the letter that the 11-year-old wrote by hand to the network.
“You are the worst TV network. EVER. Why! Well 1. You got rid of my moms show 2. You mad [sic] alot of people lose there [sic] jobs. 3. You suck. Well anyways my mom does work much harder than you so you don’t diserve [sic] her. She will find another place,” Birdie wrote. “She will shove it up your a**. Sincrly [sic], Birdie.”
Numerous celebrities couldn’t get enough of Birdie’s letter, with Jennifer Garner writing, “Birdie for president!!” Catt Sadler – who left E! in 2017 because she was getting paid less than her male co-star – wrote that Birdie should meet her boys because they would have a lot to talk about
Busy Tonight aired 105 episodes on E! between October 2018 and May 2019, and the show was produced by Tina Fey. Busy Philipps and her husband Marc Silverstein are the parents of Birdie, 11, and Cricket, 6.