It was announced earlier today that Ellen DeGeneres decided to end her long running talk show. Page Six is now reporting that frequent guest host Tiffany Haddish maybe sliding into vacant that spot.
via: Page Six
The “Girls Trip” star, 40, has frequently filled in for Ellen DeGeneres, 63. In the wake of her killing her daytime talk show, a senior NBCUniversal source told us: “Tiffany is a favorite, she has humor and empathy in spades.
“She’s top of the list to get a daytime show – she’s a fresh voice.”
Haddish filled in for DeGeneres – who announced Wednesday she is quitting her show after 19 seasons – last October and this April.
As we revealed in February, DeGeneres owns the rights to her show, which is syndicated and produced by Warner Bros. so it’s impossible to replace her without launching a fresh format with a new host.
Apart from her guest hosting duties, Haddish has been flexing her hosting muscles on CBS’s “Kids Say The Darndest Things.”
She’s also currently appearing opposite Billy Crystal in new movie, “Here Today.”
Meanwhile, DeGeneres has recorded an interview with “Today” anchor Savannah Guthrie, who flew to LA to chat with her on Wednesday.
Guthrie was due to break the news of DeGeneres’ exit, alongside The Hollywood Reporter, on Thursday morning, we’re told – but the news was leaked beforehand.
Meanwhile, Kelly Clarkson — whose show airs in most markets after DeGeneres — is a favorite to grab her 3pm time slot.
The singer was wooed by NBC execs, including “The Voice” executive producer Audrey Morrisey who spotted her as a great TV talent, and former NBC execs Paul Telegdy and Meredith Ahr, who thought she would be great at daytime TV.
“The Kelly Clarkson Show” — produced and distributed by NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution — launched in September 2019 and became the most-watched new daytime talk show in seven years, winning three Daytime Emmys last year, including one for Clarkson as best entertainment talk show host.
In January, “The Kelly Clarkson Show” hit a season high — and matched DeGeneres’ numbers for the first time.
Tiffany would be a great host, although a daily talk show is taxing and Tiffany tends to stay booked and busy.