Jennifer Hudson reveals how Oprah inspired her new daytime series

As far as daytime television is concerned, Oprah Winfrey is the gold standard.

Now that Jennifer Hudson jumping onto the daytime scene with her eponymous new talk show – which premieres on September 12 – she knew to turn to the fellow Oscar winner for inspiration.

“You know, it’s Oprah,” she exclusively said on the Sept. 6 episode of E! New’ pop of the day. “These shows are ingrained in all of us. They are there and they are the pattern.” The Oprah Winfrey Show concluded its 25-year run in 2011.

Although Jennifer, who recently sparked dating rumors with another musician Common– has received words of wisdom from the Hollywood icon in the past, she has yet to get a chance to get some advice from Oprah. So Oprah, if you’re reading this, Jennifer said, “I’m listening to you.”

Ahead of her daytime debut, the actress and singer earned her EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony) winner status following the 2022 Tony Awards in June. She was producer for this year’s Best Musical winner A strange loop.

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But joining the elite roster of accomplished artists, which includes john legend, Whoopi Goldberg and Rita Moreno, among other things, doesn’t mean she’s not putting less effort into her new show. Like she said pop of the day“Everything comes from the heart.”

“I follow my heart,” the 40-year-old continued. “I like people, I like to talk, and so, y’all are going to give me a couch and a camera to talk to, where is that? Who do you want me to talk to?”


She loves talking to people so much that she joked, “You’re gonna have to pay me to shut up!”

Hear Jennifer Explain Why She’s The ‘Cool Mom’ When It Comes To Her 13-Year-Old Son David Otunga Jr. in the full interview above.

The Jennifer Hudson Show premieres September 12. Check your local listings for times.

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