Joel Martinez, best known by his pseudonym The Kid Mero, has made a name for himself in the entertainment industry over the last nine years. His popularity started with the podcast Desus vs. Mero, which later morphed into the late-night talk show Desus & Mero on Showtime.
Now that Desus & Mero has come to an end after four seasons, Kid Mero is explaining why he and co-host Desus Nice have decided to go their separate ways. Kid Mero told SiriusXM Basic! podcast that their partnership had come to a “natural end.”
“Desus and I had discussed pursuing separate interests over a year prior to the show coming to an end, and that conversation solidified us in signing overall agreements that recognized our intent to operate independent of one another,” Kid Mero said.
Later in the interview, he used a sports metaphor to explain the situation he found himself in. “At the end of the day, when things are winding down, you got to recognize that they are winding down and not supermax Patrick Ewing when he has two [knee pads], and his career is coming to a close,” he said.
Now, Kid Mero plans to focus more on his writing career. He has writing credits on the MTV series Guy Code and Joking Off, along with his talk show. “I started writing, so [I want to] dig a lot more into that, features, series, books,” he said. “I want to get into all of that.”
Kid Mero also talked about how much his family has supported him throughout his career. “That’s why my feet are firmly planted on the ground, I surround myself with good people, and I don’t get sucked into that industry vortex,” he said. “That’s hyper important if you want to have longevity in entertainment.”