Jennifer Hudson is joining the daytime talk show game, according to a new report from Variety.
The outlet reports that the Oscar-winner and Respect star is pitching a daytime talk show that will replace The Ellen DeGeneres Show after it ends its final season. Hudson’s show will also be produced by the team behind Ellen, including Ellen executive producers Andy Lassner and Mary Connelly, who acted as showrunners for a test version of Hudson’s show and shot the episode on the same Ellen stage. The show would be marketed as Warner Bros. TV’s “new flagship daytime talk show.”
Reportedly, meetings regarding Hudson’s new show “appear to be going well so far,” according to Variety, however no specifics have been decided on.
Hudson would become the second American Idol contestant to have her own daytime show.
Hudson would become the second American Idol contestant to have her own daytime show; Season 1 winner and The Voice coach Kelly Clarkson has made the successful switch to daytime. Variety also reports that Hudson would be working with Mike Darnell, who ran alternative programming at Fox before becoming the president of unscripted and alternative television at Warner Bros. At Fox, Darnell spearheaded American Idol, where Hudson accrued fame.
Daytime TV is yet another accolade Hudson can add to her resume. Before the talk show announcement, Hudson was making waves for earning an Emmy for VR animated project Baba Yaga.
With the award, Hudson is one award away from becoming the industry's next EGOT--a person earning an Emmy award, a Grammy award, an Oscar award and a Tony award.
She also wants to add “Head Muse” to that list. In an August interview with WIRED, she said she wanted to play the leader of the Muses in a potential Disney live-action version of Hercules.
“[A]ll my Dreamgirls castmembers…have been in Disney films,” she said. “Where’s my Disney role?…I was Calliope, the head muse, on a Disney cruise ship, so that means I’m ready for my part.”