Attack of the Show and X-Play will no longer be produced at the end of 2012, according to G4. Reports have also surfaced that some of the editorial staff on G4’s website are being laid off as well.
Both shows will host original episodes through the end of the year with a look back at favorite memories as the final episodes get closer.
“A rotating lineup” of guest co-hosts including John Barrowman, Michael Ian Black, Josh Myers, Paul Scheer, Rob Huebel and Horatio Sanz will join Attack of the Show hosts Candace Bailey and Sara Underwood, and X-Play hosts Morgan Webb and Blair Herter as part of the farewell shows.
“With well over a thousand episodes each, Attack of the Show! and X-Play have defined gamer culture for a generation, serving as the launch pad for prominent personalities including Kevin Pereira, Olivia Munn, Chris Hardwick and Adam Sessler,” said the official statement.
“Attack of the Show! debuted March 28, 2005 and from the start was the ultimate guide to everything cool and new in the world of technology, web culture, gaming and pop culture. X-Play made its debut almost two years earlier, on April 28, 2003 (on G4’s TechTV), and immediately became the go-to destination for young men seeking the latest video game news, honest reviews, hands-on demos and exclusive video game trailers and footage. The year-end celebration will take you back through highlights of these landmark shows’ history, including its exclusive live-from-the-floor coverage of San Diego Comic-Con and E3.”
In February 2009, X-Play was cut from five to three days per week, resulting in half the staff being laid-off, including games editorial manager Abbie Heppe. The following month, Attack of the Show and X-Play both returned to their former schedules, with AotS going back to four episodes week, and X-Play to three per week.
X-Play host Adam Sessler left the network in April of this year.
A report on Joystiq also states some off the gaming editorial staff at G4’s The Feed have bee laid off. The report states their final week will take place before Thanksgiving, and while Joystiq wasn’t given any official numbers, “at least five editors have been laid off and a skeleton crew may remain on staff past the pre-Thanksgiving layoffs.”
A representative for G4 had “no comment” when asked about further layoffs on the site.