Late night has long been a big boy’s club (*insert eyeroll here*), save for the short-lived Grace Helbig Show and the current Busy Tonight on the E! network.
Former TRL host Carson Daly announced he was stepping down from his late-night NBC program Last Call with Carson Daly after a 17-year run in February to focus on other endeavors, including serving as Orange Room host on Today, hosting and producing on The Voice, and spending more time with his family, NBC previously announced. And so, with a slot vacant on one of the core networks’ late-night roster, the broadcaster turned to YouTube star Lilly Singh to fill that niche and bring some much needed girl power to the world of late night.
Making its official debut in September, Singh — known on YouTube as ||Superwoman|| — will star on A Little Late with Lilly Singh, a half-hour program airing on the network’s 1:35 a.m. time slot. The program will feature in-studio interviews with a variety of guests, as well as original, pre-taped comedy sketches and segments, much like her YouTube channel videos. Singh announced the news on last night’s Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
“An Indian-Canadian woman with her own late night show? Now that is a dream come true,” Singh says in a statement. “I’m thrilled to bring it to life on NBC, and I hope my parents consider this to be as exciting as a grandchild.”
Chatting with Fallon, actress, producer, and author Singh revealed how excited she was to join the women of late night, and the NBC family. To celebrate, her NBC late-night buddies Fallon and Seth Meyers toasted her celebratory news.
“Lilly is truly a star and we’re thrilled to welcome her to our NBC family,” Doug Vaughan, executive vice president of special programs and late night for NBC Entertainment, says in a statement. “She is a multitalented performer who will surely have a great rapport with not only all her guests but also with our devoted late-night audience. We can’t wait to get started.”
Hear hear! And we can’t wait to see how this bawse revolutionizes late night.
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