Lilly Singh, a 30-year-old Indian-Canadian woman who rose to fame as a YouTube star, has been named to replace Carson Daly in NBC’s 1:35 A.M. late-night talk show slot. When Singh takes over in September, she will become the only woman currently hosting a late-night talk show on a Big 4 network.
The newly retitled A Little Late with Lilly Singh will seek to leverage the multifaceted star’s charisma and comedic talents with a combination of in-studio interviews and pre-taped comedy sketches, as well as some “signature elements” yet to be announced.
During an appearance on Thursday night’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Singh revealed her new role with a tongue-in-cheek reference to her traditional parents.
“An Indian-Canadian woman with her own late-night show? Now that is a dream come true,” said Singh. “I’m thrilled to bring it to life on NBC, and I hope my parents consider this to be as exciting as a grandchild.”
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I can’t even believe I am writing this caption. This is so surreal. What is happening? I NEED TO SIT DOWN. Okay. *breathe* I’m THRILLED (and crying) to announce that ya girl is getting her own @nbc late night show! AHHHHHHH!! And not only did I get to announce this dream come true on @fallontonight but @sethmeyers came out and surprised me as well! I’m so grateful and overwhelmed to be joining this incredible family. I’m numb. I can’t even process. This has been SO long in the making and I’m so happy I can finally share this with you. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! There’s so many people to thank and I will do so over the next few (or hundred) posts. Watch the segment live at 11:30pm est! And now… it’s time to work. It’s time to make magic. It’s time to hustle harder than ever before. Blessings ???????? #LillyOnFallon #TeamSuperAllDay
Singh — who goes by the name “Superwoman” on social media to reflect her can-do approach to life — boasts more than 14 million subscribers to her YouTube channel, a book on the New York Times bestseller list, and a film resume that includes Bad Moms and HBO’s Fahrenheit 451. She is also the first openly bisexual woman of color to ever host a late-night talk show on broadcast TV.
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