New voice

Robin Thede becomes TV’s only female African-American late night host

Robin Thede speaks on stage during Black Girls Rock! 2017 at NJPAC on August 5, 2017 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for BET)

This week, Robin Thede launched The Rundown on the BET network, sharing her personal take on pop culture and politics as television’s only female, African-American late-night host. “I’m going to be able to give a perspective that’s definitely not happening simply because I am a black woman, but I don’t want people to watch just because of that. If that’s the reason you tune in, that’s great, but the reason you’ll stay is because of what I’m saying,” she told Variety. ”The jokes will be pointed. The jokes will be sharp.” With the new show, BET is hoping to add some additional comedy to the programming, which should not be an issue with Chris Rock executive producing the show. Thede has already earned her stripes in late-night television on the (now canceled) Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, where she was a head writer and regular contributor. Thede suggested that she wants to bring some fresh ideas to the late-night format by adding pop-up concert segments rather than polished studio performances, and doing documentary-style pieces she expects will land her in interesting situations. “You just don’t have an opinion like mine in this landscape,” she said. “And I think it’s really important.” Below watch a funny clip from her new show.

Read the full story at Variety.

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