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Mo'Nique May Join Already-Crowded Daytime Talk Show Circuit - In Talks w/ ABC To Host

by Tambay A. Obenson
October 2, 2013 11:23 AM
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In July, the rumor was that a new BET show had been offered, but that was never confirmed. Although maybe it wasn't entirely a rumor after all, as it's been formally announced today that Mo’Nique, is indeed in talks to host a new talk show, but not with BET. 

Instead, the actress and comedienne is said to be working with ABC on a new talk show that could launch a year from now - September 2014.

What we now know is that it'll be a daytime talk show - not primetime, as was the case when she previously hosted The Mo’Nique Show on BET a few years ago, 

She'll join an already very crowded daytime talk show circuit, with several new faces making their bids to be the next Oprah Winfrey (maybe not all of them). 

Queen Latifah entered the daytime talk show space this season, although it's still a bit too early to tell if they show has legs. I've watched a few episodes, and just wasn't engaged enough to want to return. It may not necessarily be the host, but maybe the daytime talk show format has just become stale, and it's time to rethink the idea. 

Although Wendy Williams' show on Fox, has been very successful for her and the network. Gossip is an easy sell, still, I suppose.

There's also Steve Harvey (NBC), Trisha Goddard (also with NBC), Live on ABC, The TalkThe View, Dr Phil, and others. Even Naomi Campbell is rumored to be in talks to host her own daytime talk show.

Since BET cancelled her late night talk show, and 4 years since her Oscar-winning performance in Lee Daniels' Precious, Mo'Nique's been active in her private life primarily, losing a lot of weight, and occasionally sharing her struggles, and talking about her family on Twitter.

Her long-in-development Hattie McDaniel biopic, which she's attached to star in, doesn't seem to have made much progress since we first announced it 3 years ago. At the time, she said she wanted Lee Daniels to direct it. 

And then there was the indie dramedy titled Bumped, which she was 'in talks' to co-star in 2 years ago, but that didn't happen.

So this will be her re-entry, if you will, into the business of show. I'd actually say that, of all the current daytime talk show hosts, she might be the most interesting, and Oprah-like, given the personal life struggles they both share, from being sexually abused as children, to their public battles with weight, and a general willingness and fearlessness to share those struggles openly, which I think helps ground them, and make them seemingly accessible to audiences.

We'll see where this goes...

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  • ChgoSista | October 3, 2013 11:56 AMReply

    Replace Loni Love with Mo'Nique on "The Real"--that would work--can ya SEE her and the faaaaaaaaaaaabulous Tamar together in action?

  • SEAN | October 2, 2013 9:52 PMReply

    I didn't think she was very good as a host on her show on BET. It won't get any better with a field that is already crowded. She really needs to stick to movies.

  • Germaine M ontgomery | October 2, 2013 8:47 PMReply

    they will try to put her in same time slot as Queen Latifah!

  • beemooree | October 2, 2013 3:32 PMReply

    @ashley monique clarified that and said it wasn't true. I think monique is more suited for primetime not daytime. As far as queen latifah, she has good guest but her show seems a but slow.

  • D.C. Kirkwood | October 2, 2013 11:53 AMReply

    I personally think she should be one of the replacement host on the View. She can also replace Sherrie Underwood. I have a feeling they may not renew Sherrie's contract after that black hair comment. She was only joking but it didn't sit well with a lot of people. Crazy as it may sound. I think that her and Arsenio Hall would make a great team on his show. I just don't think there will be a strong enough audience for her to have her own show because the market is already so crowded. Best wishes to her.

  • dee | October 2, 2013 4:47 PM

    Hey that's a great idea, I can't see her doing it solo...but with someone else, yeah!

  • Amari | October 2, 2013 12:11 PM

    Underwood is on The Talk I believe, not the View.

    I agree though, I think Mo'Nique would do better on a panel as the older/mature figure, sort of like how Loni Love is on The Real. She seems to be better and more interesting when participating in conversation, in terms of what we have recently seen, than being on her own. It would be nice in fact if she could get the rest of the Queens of Comedy to all be the panel. Though an all black daytime talk show on network TV seems unlikely in this climate.

  • scripttease | October 2, 2013 12:10 PM

    Sheryl Underwood, on The Talk, and as long as she wasn't bashing white women, she's in the house.

  • Ashley | October 2, 2013 12:10 PM

    Was it Sherri Shepherd of The View who made that comment or Sheryl Underwood of The Talk? Also I doubt that Mo'Nique would be a contender for The View because of the issues she and Barbara Walters have. (Walters made a comment about Mo'nique's twins being "little creatures," and the awkward BW Oscar Special interview)

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