Watch out Wendy Williams and Steve Harvey, Queen Latifah is back on the scene for another shot at daytime success!
The triple threat entertainer is the cover star for the August issue of the Hollywood Reporter, and she says the new “Queen Latifah Show” will “bring some positivity to daytime TV.”
“I have to be realistic about what I can and can’t do,” she said. “So whatever I do has to really be worth it. I like to master the things I do. Making this show great, that’s my focus right now. I want to bring some positivity to daytime TV.”
This isn’t the queen’s first rodeo. In 1999, she launched her first self-titled talk show but it ended after just two season. Luckily, she “had enough great moments that I’m not completely turned off toward doing a talk show again,” she said.
Latifah admits she’s ready to be in the homes of her viewers each day, but there’s one topic she’s not willing to discuss: her sexuality.
“I don’t feel the need to discuss my private life on this show or any other show,” she told the publication. “There’s the part of my life that the public and I share together. And there’s the part that’s mine to keep for myself. And that’s mine. For me.”
She went on to say that she’s already personally invited a few of her celebrity friends to going her on the couch, like Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith — who also serve as executive producers on the show– and President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.
“I let them know that they have a personal invite,” she said.
“The Queen Latifah Show” has been sold to 94 percent of the country, including CBS’ 16 owned stations, mostly in afternoon time periods. It is the first talk-show acquisition for the powerful station group, which has a daytime slate produced by its own syndicator, CBS Television Distribution (CTD).
The Sony Pictures Television-produced talk show is scheduled of a September 16th premiere. Will you be tuning in?