Lilly Singh will make history as the first woman of colour to host a major US network talk show.
Canadian YouTube Star Lilly Singh just became the first woman of colour to host a late-night talk show on a U.S. broadcast network. The show, called A Little Late With Lilly Singh, was announced by NBC on Thursday, revealing that the show will air this September at its scheduled nightly broadcast time of 1:35 AM.
Singh will stand alone as the only woman hosting a daily late-night show on the network. Her show will replace the time slot’s previous occupant Last Call With Carson Daly and is set to feature comedy sketches as well as interviews with celebrities.
Daly announced last month that he would be bringing an end to his show, saying that he is hoping to focus on new projects, as well his job as the host of the network’s popular singing show The Voice.
Singh made an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to announce the exciting news. “Your girl is getting her own late NBC show!” exclaimed Singh, as the show’s studio audience burst into applause. Singh followed up her standing ovation with a joke saying, “Just to clarify, it’s not Jimmy’s slot”.
Singh took to Twitter to gush about her new job calling it a “dream come true”. Before becoming a late-night host, Singh established herself as a major presence on YouTube, going viral with her hilarious comedy videos. The Indian-Canadian currently has over 14 million subscribers.
Alongside her YouTube career, Singh has also appeared in several films including Bad Moms, Ice Age: Collision Course and HBO’s Fahrenheit 451.
Singh’s announcement that she will be joining the male-dominated late-night host circuit is definitely a sign of progress. It signifies that audiences want diversity and that the world is ready to see change on major network television.