Late-night cable and network TV hosts are in for a surprise, as YouTube star, Lilly Singh makes her debut with NBC’s 'A Little Late With Lilly Singh', from Monday. Everything about the show is creating buzz and making big news, as it continues to break stereotypes. Lilly Singh's leap from YouTube to headliners did not just come by accident, as she follows a list of celebrated women, and in particular women of colour who have hosted late-night talk shows over the years. What makes this even bigger is that she is only the third person after Oprah Winfrey and VJ Cynthia Garrett to be given this opportunity.
During her recent interviews, the Canadian-born iconic Youtuber said that she is absolutely ready to work with the NBC. The Canadian-born daughter of Indian immigrants established herself online as ‘IISuperwomanII’ as her nickname, and was the only woman on the Forbes’ 2017 list of highest-paid YouTube stars with estimated earnings of $10 million.
Singh also explained that Inevitably, it will be a lot of pressure but at the same time it’s a huge honour and that she's focusing on the latter. She added by saying that she's focusing on how exciting this business is and how much it could mean, rather than focusing on ‘Oh my God. What will people think, and what if this messes up?’. She said that she is still focusing on keeping the fun going and hoping for the best.
Lilly assured her fans that the TV format won't change anything about her monologue, as it's personal and it's not a script that can be read. She also promises as much sketch comedy as she can fit in, conversations with her audience as well as guests, and musical performances that she envisions.
“When you’re a minority, whether it’s a woman or a person of colour, it’s like, ‘this is your shot, and if you mess it up and you’re cut, you’ve ruined it for everybody.’ We need to change that mentality because there are many things on TV from majority groups that are not great,” she said. “This is not the shot on behalf of all women of colour. No, this is me chipping away a path, and we need to get to a place where (my performance) is not tied to another woman of colour. We’re all individuals at the end of the day.” she can be heard saying in the interview.
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