January 6th, 2012
11:32 AM ET
The Hallmark Channel is singing Martha Stewart's praises...as they prepare to say farewell to her daytime show this year.
Reports have surfaced that Hallmark is canceling "The Martha Stewart Show," and a rep for the network says in a statement on behalf of Crown Media Family Networks and Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia that the show will stick around through the end of the summer.
"The daytime block on Hallmark Channel demonstrated year over year ratings growth and earned 'The Martha Stewart Show' two Daytime Emmy Awards in its first season on Hallmark," the statement congratulates. It then adds, "That show will continue to air through the end of summer 2012."
A source familiar with the situation tells The Wrap that the lifestyle show will cease taping new episodes in the spring, with reruns to air over the summer before its cleared from the calendar. The show, which has run for seven seasons, is said to have suffered from a slide in ratings.
Hallmark is nonetheless hopeful for its future with 70-year-old Stewart, as the network says in its statement, "MSLO and Hallmark Channel are in discussions about potential new show formats and concepts for daytime.”
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