Another woman—and a bisexual woman of color, at that—is breaking into the boys’ club of late night television. NBC is filling Carson Daly’s old time slot (1:35 A.M.) with a brand-new show hosted by former YouTube star Lilly Singh called A Little Late with Lilly.
According to Variety, the show will debut in September and feature Singh conducting interviews, as well pre-taped sketches and other “signature elements.”
Singh, of course, is super excited. “An Indian-Canadian woman with her own late night show? Now that is a dream come true,” she said about the news. “I’m thrilled to bring it to life on NBC, and I hope my parents consider this to be as exciting as a grandchild.” Singh rose to fame on YouTube, where she’s known as “IISuperwomanII” and has over 14 million followers.
She made the big announcement on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon Thursday night, March 14. “I’m so excited because I truly get to create a show from scratch,” she told host Jimmy Fallon. “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.” Singh says the show will be “kind of like my YouTube channel” but joked that now she’ll have more than three staffers.
The social media love for Singh’s new gig is pouring in from celebs like Janelle Monae, Mindy Kaling, and The Rock, as well as non-famous folks who are psyched for more diverse representation on late night.
“My heart is so incredibly full. Thank you so much for all the love and positive energy,” Singh tweeted about the enthusiastic response from people. “I’m speechless. I’m overwhelmed. I need to sleep to process all this. More thank yous to come tomorrow ❤️❤️”