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BET's New Keke Palmer Talk Show Premieres Today. Go Behind-The-Scenes in New Video

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by Tambay A. Obenson
June 30, 2014 1:10 PM
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The daytime talk show space continues to get crowded (Tyra Banks most recently announced that she'll be jumping back into that space via ABC), as Keke Palmer and BET are hoping to strike gold with a new talk show targeting so-called millenials - essentially those in her age group - which Palmer will of course host.


Titled "#JUSTKeke," the network ordered an initial 4-week run, starting TODAY, June 30, and will air daily, Monday to Friday.

Judge Greg Mathis, apparently looking to expand his empire, will executive produce, while Telepictures is producing.


The 20-year-old Palmer will become the youngest talk show host in TV history, with "#JUSTKeke," besting the likes of Ricki Lake, who was 25 when she begun hosting her 1990's daytime talk show, also aimed at her generation at the time.

Per the press announcement, "#JUSTKeke" will cover a variety of topics important to her target audience, as you'd expect, and will also include celebrity guests, and more. 

“I like to read quotes that touch on how I am feeling,” Palmer said. “If I am dealing with confusion, I will read quotes about clarity and peace of mind. I started posting these quotes on my Twitter page, and the fans responded so positively! I realized that many of them were dealing with similar issues, and the quotes helped to open up a genuine dialogue between us.”

Palmer boasts around 1.4 million Twitter followers, and I suspect a good number of them will follow her to BET when her talk-show premieres at the end of this month.

She will join "The Wendy Williams Show," "The Queen Latifah Show," and new series, "The Real" (hosted by Tamera Mowry-Housley, Tamar Braxton, Loni Love, Adrienne Bailon, and Jeannie Mai,) all in syndication on BET ("Latifah" and "The Real" head to the network this fall). Clearly BET is reinforcing its hold on the black female audience (it's also rebranding Centric to become a network for black women as well).

You'll recall that ASPiRE, the new television network from Magic Johnson Enterprises, greenlit its first talk show - "Exhale" - last year, with Angela Burt-Murray, Erin Jackson, Issa Rae, Malinda Williams and Rene Syler all hosting. That talkie is still well and alive.

The day-time TV talk show space is already crowded enough; surely, every single one of the existing (and upcoming new) shows can't all survive, can they?

And I should mention that a good number of those shows are hosted (solely, or co-hosted) by black personalities. It's too bad this hasn't quite transferred to the late night talk show circuit yet, especially with Arsenio Hall's recent cancellation. 

Ahead of today's premiere (which I plan to watch, to see what it's all about, and how it's put together) watch host Keke Palmer take you behind the scenes of her first day of rehearsals for the show, as she preps to make her debut:


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5 Comments

  • Carnell Bellinger | August 12, 2014 6:14 PMReply

    Keke, I am one of your biggest fan and really appreciate you, you have/use the talent that God gave you. I watch your show JUST KEKE whenever
    possible. I like your approach, and how the audiences relate to the topic. I would like to encourage you to continue to be you and do you. Please don't listen to negative people, because they don't know nothing, chalk them up as Haters. I like your style, acting ability, realness, and spirit. You are an inspiration to this writer of 61 years old. Young lady keep the good work up. May God continue to Bless you and your family. Shout out to Judge Mathis, keep inspiring.

  • Mrs. Harkins | August 11, 2014 6:33 PMReply

    I love Keke and I am very proud of her I think she is very mature for her age and very smart and intelligent. Keke please stay encouraged and know that you are going to make it to the top because of who you are! Keep up the good work and just dust off the haters! Love ya
    Your Fan
    D

  • Donna | July 22, 2014 1:53 PMReply

    I would like to see her have more class. Hay it's ya gurl Keke is just too ghetto for me I just don't relate to that. I don't want to hear a young lady I have watched and respected in her game sound like a hood rat because she thinks it is relatable. Give us more credit Keke.

  • carol mitchell | July 21, 2014 6:37 PMReply

    KEKE I WOULD LIKE TO SEE YOU USE YOUR PLATFORM TO ENCOURAGE YOUNG LADDIES ABOUT BEING APPROACHED BE GUYS TELLING THEM HE CAN TURN THEM INTO TO STARS, MODELS ETC. THEN THEY GO WITH THEM ONLY FIND OUT THEY END UP BEING SEX SLAVES THIS IS A BIG ISSUE AND NOT ENOUGH IS BEING SAID ABOUT IT.

  • sanctied lady | July 16, 2014 5:10 PMReply

    10 fingers down! She talks to dam much! Everything is about her...like karruche....overly related....her voice is pitchy and annoying...

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