Queen Latifah is heading back to daytime television with a brand new talk show, titled appropriately, "The Queen Latifah Show."
Latifah's talk show, which airs weekdays on CBS (check local listings), is the actress' second run as a talk show host, who first hosted a series with the same title from 1999 to 2001. The new series focuses on celebrity interviews with Latifah's take on pop culture, human interest stories and numerous musical guests.
Latifah spoke to OTRC.com about returning to daytime television, collaborating with celebrity friends Will Smith, Jada Pinkett-Smith and Lenny Kravitz on the show and why she's not a "diva."
Check out three questions with Queen Latifah.
OTRC.com: How does it feel the second time around?
Queen Latifah: "It feels good. In our minds, this is how we envisioned it the first time in terms of just having something beautiful like this and being able to create what we did. We had a good time back then, but this has been really, really amazing and great people, great audiences, great staff and, we use the word 'great' a lot. You're supposed to laugh at that. It's been fun, it's really been fun. It's been a lot of work for me personally, just developing and learning because I mean, the last talk show was a long time ago, I've done a million things between then and now. So I just sort of had to focus and always be a student and really try to learn as much as I can to make it smooth for our guests and smooth for myself and everyone else involved."
OTRC.com: Will and Jada, of course we mean Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith, the Smiths -- did they come to you and say, 'you got to do this'?
Queen Latifah:"I was on vacation in London having a Guinness. That's the truth. Shakim [Compere], my partner, called me and said, 'Miguel is looking for you.' Miguel [Melendez] has worked with Overbrook broadcast for a long time and we've known each other a long time and he kind of let us know Sony was interested in putting something together, that we would all be partners, we would be the lead on it and we'd all get together to make this thing happen. We've worked together throughout the years. Will gave me my first job on television, I've known him since I was 17 or 18 just touring. But, we've grown, we're not babies anymore. We've gone and struck out and made great careers for ourselves, but we've never had to the chance to do something this big together, as adults, successful adults."
OTRC.com: They're calling you maybe "the daytime diva" but diva being a good thing.
Queen Latifah:"Does that mean I don't get to throw a tantrum? 'THIS INTERVIEW IS OVER, I'M OUT OF HERE.' I've been wanting to throw a tantrum for years. Okay 'diva', 'WHERE'S MY HAIR AND MAKEUP?' Okay, you know, I don't think I'm a diva because hair and makeup is not right here, I don't get to throw a tantrum. I don't know I'm just 'La,' 'La' with hopefully millions of people watching."
Reporting by Rachel Smith, host for the syndicated entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings). The show is produced by KABC Television near Los Angeles.