Following a report in the New York Times on Wednesday (January 4th, 2012), Reuters have confirmed that Martha Stewart 's regular show on the Hallmark channel is set to be axed and will cease airing at the end of summer 2012. The Martha Stewart show began in September 2010 and won two Daytime Emmy awards for its first season.
70 year-old Stewart has long been a prominent figure in American culture as an author, magazine publisher and businesswoman. Her show is divided into various lifestyle-oriented segments focusing on cookery, interior design, crafts and gardening. The show also features celebrity guests and is filmed in front of a studio audience in New York City. According to the Reuters report, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (Stewart's broadcasting and merchandising brand) is in talks with Hallmark about "potential new show formats and concepts for daytime (TV)." The reports suggests that the show has been axed after seven seasons after its viewer ratings started to fall.
Her career suffered a set-back in 2004 when she was sentenced to a five month prison sentence and five months of electronic monitoring / tagging for conspiracy, obstruction of an agency proceeding, and making false statements to federal investigators. However, upon her release from prison, she promptly re-launched her career and even starred in an adapted version of The Apprentice, entitled The Apprentice: Martha Stewart.