Queen Latifah on New Talk Show: I'm Not Shying Away From Anything
Queen Latifah is gearing up to host her new talk show more than ten years after her first talk show ended its run in 2001. "The Queen Latifah Show", produced by Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, will be "an entertaining and eclectic mix of interviews with real people as well as celebrities - people who are fun and fascinating," so the singer/actress says in a released statement.
"It will be a program you can tune into to feel good every day. I also think it will inspire people who watch it. I know I've certainly been inspired by a lot of the stories we plan to share," she adds. Some celebrity guests tapped to appear in the first episodes are John Travolta, Will Smith, Sharon Stone, Jamie Foxx and Jake Gyllenhaal.
Latifah claims she has learned from her experience with her first talk show and assures that the upcoming one will be different. "That was a long time ago, over 10 years ago. I've changed tremendously. I enjoyed the first show, but there was a lot I wanted to do in terms of acting and producing," she shares.
"I've been able to satisfy that itch. Now I can make a show that's much more what I want it to be," she continues. "The first show - the idea of it was what I wanted but what it became wasn't quite what I wanted it to be. It got a little too heavy, a little too serious. It started to feel like it wasn't as me as it should be."
As for the new talk show, Latifah says nothing is off-limits except for a paternity DNA test reveal. "If that's where you're going, you might as well save me some time, and you some time," she says. "But other than that, I'm not really shying away from anything. It's my show. There's nothing really new here to me."
Having set the line, the 43-year-old multi-talented artist explains, "If there's something that comes up that I don't want to talk about, I don't talk about it. It's that simple. No one is forcing me to talk about anything I don't want to talk about. It's about having fun with humor and heart. It's not about Dana's private life. It's not Queen Latifah's private life. It's Dana's private life. That's now what the show is about."
Thus, she insists she won't talk about her private life, including her personal relationship. "I know what I'm comfortable with and what I'm not. It's what I feel is private to me and my family and my friends. It's what I share with the public. That's been something I decided a long time ago. It's not a new thing," she reasons. "Nobody is asking me. Only the media is asking that question. What makes sense for me to share makes sense. What I think is my private business will stay private."
For "The Queen Latifah Show", she has learned from some of the best in the field, asking for advice from Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres and Jimmy Fallon. "They've all been terrifically helpful and encouraging," Latifah says of the three TV hosts.
Planning to share stories which have inspired her, she admits, "I am nervous because it is always overwhelming to start something new (but) I am excited to hear people's stories and share in their journeys."
"The Queen Latifah Show" will be taped in front of a live studio audience at Sony Pictures Studios in Los Angeles. It will air on CBS owned-and-operated channels beginning Monday, September 16.
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