Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Jennifer Hudson’s Talk Show is a ‘Go’ at Fox Stations as A Replacement for Ellen DeGeneres


She’s got the Oscar and a bunch of other awards. Now Jennifer Hudson is coming to afternoon TV.

JHud will host her own syndicated talk show beginning in the fall, from Warner Bros. Telepictures. The show will have Ellen DeGeneres’s old producers, Andy Lassner and Mary Connelly. It will air on Fox TV Stations, at least for now, as it makes its way into the crowded field of syndicated shows.

What is clear is that JHud will be a competitor for Kelly Clarkson. Now we will have two talk shows hosted by “American Idol” graduates. How long before Carrie Underwood tries this?

Hudson will be able to do what Clarkson does– sing her heart out as much she wants. I will watch every day if she does that! She has the best voice in pop R&B, hands down.

She also has tremendous empathy. Hudson has a lot of loss in her life, so I think she’ll be good not just with celebrities but in those crucial segments with real people.

“I have experienced so much in my life; I’ve seen the highest of the highs, the lowest of the lows, and just about everything in between, but as my mother always told me, ‘Once you think you’ve seen it all, just keep on living,’” Hudson said in a statement Wednesday.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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