YouTube Star Lilly Singh Is Making History With Her Own NBC Late-Night Talk Show
NBC recently announced that the long-running late-night talk show Last Call With Carson Daly would be coming to an end, and now the show’s replacement has been revealed. YouTube sensation Lilly Singh will take over the slot, making her the only female with a late-night gig on one of the major networks.
“An Indian-Canadian woman with her own late night show? Now that is a dream come true,” Singh said in a statement, according to Variety. “I’m thrilled to bring it to life on NBC, and I hope my parents consider this to be as exciting as a grandchild.”
Singh, also known as Superwoman, announced her new show, A Little Late With Lilly Singh, on Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show on Thursday, March 14. “I truly get to create a show from scratch,” the newly minted NBC host said. “I get to make it inclusive, I get to create comedy segments and interview people, and really create something that I believe in, and I’m so honored and humbled.”
Singh added that the show, which will take over the 1:35am ET slot that Daly held on NBC for 17 years, will feel similar to her YouTube channel — albeit with more than three employees — and is set to premiere in the “fall-ish,” probably sometime in September.
During her appearance on Fallon, Singh, 30, took a turn sitting behind the host’s desk and asked the TV veteran if he had any advice. He told her that she already held the key — to simply continue being herself, as she has done on YouTube, where she has amassed more than 14 million followers since she started the channel eight years ago.
Singh is also known for her acting roles in Bad Moms and HBO’s Fahrenheit 451, and she’s a New York Times bestselling author (How to Be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life). Recently, she came out as bisexual, garnering a flood of support from her massive fan base.
“Lilly is truly a star and we’re thrilled to welcome her to our NBC family,” NBC exec Doug Vaughan said in a statement. “She is a multi-talented 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.”
(Photos via Andrew Lipovsky/NBC)