Desus Nice starts solo journey to “Desus & Mero” on “Kimmel” – and kills it

When The Breakfast Club Co-host Angela Yee announced Last week, that popular radio show “As You Know It’s Officially Over,” the news landed with a whimper. If Desus & Mero were still on the air, you knows there would have been fireworks.

Ever since the indelible comedy duo announced they were parting ways, fans of their self-proclaimed “No. 1 Show in Late Night” wondered why. Bronx natives Desus Nice and The Kid Mero had risen to glorious heights from Complex to Viceland to Showtime (with a few podcasts in between), bringing hilarity (and much-needed variety) to the late-night landscape and serving as inspiration for those off the block. And suddenly, after more than three seasons in the premium network, it was over.

Puck News reported that the two had split over their manager, Victor Lopez, who was allegedly banned from the set of their Showtime series after a spate of bullying complaints. Mero, they say, has sided with Lopez; Desus supported the fall of Lopez. Mero subsequently appeared on the Basic! podcast and explained, “As early as June of last year we were both doing pitching projects or trying to participate in existing projects as individuals … It wasn’t like breaking up with my girlfriend on the phone, yo.” You know what I mean? It was a strategy and we all agreed.”

Desus had remained relatively quiet until Monday evening, when he then made his first attempt at life Desus & Mero with a guest hosting stay Jimmy Kimmel Live! And… it looks like we’ll have to wait to hear his side of the story.

The 41-year-old looked confident in his late-night solo hosting debut, playing everything from the FBI’s Trump crackdown to a stoned bear in a fast-paced monologue.

“Like I said, I’m from New York and being in LA was a bit of an adjustment. For example, your public masturbators are in better shape out here and they’re members of the SAG,” he joked, stumbling a bit during the punch line.

Yes, there was some initial jitters, but that’s to be expected. An on-the-street segment asking people to pit NY against LA felt natural and unforced, while his seated interview featured a shirtless, delightfully smooth Jerrod Carmichael — who recently guest-starred on Desus & Mero— proved consistently appealing (Desus, after all, provided the lion’s share of interview questions on the Showtime show).

“Did you start dressing like that before you got two Emmy nominations or after?” Desus asked.

“The question is, did I dress like this before I came out?” Carmichael snapped, adding. “No.”

He even managed to persuade Lakers owner Jeanie Buss to share a funny little story about the time OJ Simpson attended a game after his acquittal, only to encounter the long arm of the law.

It will certainly take some time getting used to Desus without his longtime sparring partner and for the pop culture guru to rebrand himself as a solo act who doesn’t bounce off his sidekick, but tonight’s rehearsal showed promise. Desus Nice starts solo journey to “Desus & Mero” on “Kimmel” – and kills it


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