The Indian-Canadian, who is openly bisexual, is proud to be bringing some much-needed diversity to a landscape still mostly dominated by straight, white males.
Late-night television is still overwhelmingly white and male, but it's getting a much-needed injection of diversity as YouTube star Lilly Singh is set to replace Carson Daly as the third late-night host on NBC.
It means a very late start for Singh, who will become the only female late-night host on network television, as she'll sign on at 1:35 a.m. ET after "Late Night with Seth Meyers."
Jimmy Fallon welcomed the Indian-Canadian comedian to "The Tonight Show" to make the big announcement, and even let the network newbie slide behind his desk to give it a try. She said she's yet to decide if she'll incorporate the tradition desk format on her new show.
While she may be a newcomer to network television, Singh is an established star on new media. She kicked off her YouTube career in 2010 under the pseudonym "IISuperwomanII" and has since grown to become one of the platform's most successful stars, earning a reported $10.5 million in 2017.
"I'm so excited because I truly get to create a show from scratch," Singh told Fallon Thursday night. "I get to make it inclusive, I get to create comedy segments and interview people and really create something that I believe in, and I'm so honored and humbled, truly."
When asked what she envisioned the show to be like, Singh said, "Kind of like my YouTube channel, but just, you know, now I have more than three staff members."
She also took a moment to appreciate the trailblazers. "A huge shoutout to all of the women who have been before me and are currently in the space because I couldn't have done it without them paving the path," Singh said. "But I do think it's a little awesome."
The list of women in late-night remains embarrassingly short, but includes such heavyweights as Chelsea Handler, Joan Rivers and Whoopi Goldberg. Along with the currently-airing Samantha Bee and Busy Philipps, Singh isn't in bad company at all.
Seth Meyers crept out toward the end of Singh's segment with some glasses of champagne to celebrate her joining the NBC family, with all three hosts posing for a cheesy photo.
Dubbed "A Little Late with Lilly Singh," NBC's latest late-night series is slated to debut sometime in the fall.
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