Jennifer Hudson Talk Show Fall Launch on FOX TV Stations

Jennifer Hudson

Jennifer Hudson is entering the world of daytime talk shows. The American Idol alum and former The Voice coach will helm The Jennifer Hudson Show airing on Fox Television Stations this fall.

Variety writes that the one hour afternoon talk show isn’t technically Warner Bros. TV’s replacement for the departing Ellen Degeneres Show. The Dreamgirls and Respect actress’s upcoming show is positioned to be the studio’s new flagship daytime talk show once Ellen ends this spring after 19 seasons.

The Jennifer Hudson Show also comes from Ellen production company Telepictures. The show’s executive producers Andy Lassner and Mary Connelly served as showrunners on Jennifer’s test show, which was shot last fall on the Ellen stage. After shopping around the show, Fox TV Stations came out the winner.

The Jennifer Hudson Show will also launch on Hearst Television, along with additional station groups representing more than 60% of the country.

“I cannot wait to connect on a deeper level,” says Jennifer

“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,’” Jennifer said in a press statement. “People from around the world have been a part of my journey from the beginning — twenty years ago — and I’m so ready to join their journey as we sit down and talk about the things that inspire and move us all. I have always loved people, and I cannot wait to connect on a deeper level and let audiences see the different sides of who I am, the human being, in return. And I couldn’t be more thrilled to do it alongside this incredible team. We’re about to have a lot of fun and shake things up a little bit!”

Jennifer Hudson and Mike Darnell reunite

The president of unscripted and alternative television at Warner Bros. is Mike Darnell. He was the longtime head of alternative at FOX and oversaw American Idol there. Jennifer competed on Idol in 2004 and left in 7th place.

“I knew that Jennifer was a force to be reckoned with from the moment I met her nearly 20 years ago,” Darnell said. “From her Grammy-winning career in music, to her Oscar-winning acting career, Jennifer’s amazing talent, big heart and authenticity shine through in everything she does. I am thrilled to be working with her in this new role. She’s a natural, and I know audiences will embrace her in their homes every day.”

Two American Idol alums go head to head

When Jennifer’s show hits the airwaves this fall it will mark a new battle of American Idols. American Idol OG winner Kelly Clarkson helms the popular and Emmy winning The Kelly Clarkson show for NBC/Universal. Kelly’s show has proven so durable, that NBC has renewed the show  through 2023. It’s likely the shows will go head to head in many markets.  The two are friends after working on The Voice together as coaches for two cycles. 

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