YouTube star Lilly Singh taking over Carson Daly's NBC late-night spot

Joann Johnston
March 15, 2019

Lilly Singh, who first amassed fame as a YouTube star, has been tapped to replace Carson Daly as the host of NBC's 1:35 a.m. talk show.

"A huge shoutout to all the women who have been before me and are now in the space because I couldn't have done it without them paving the path", Singh says in her announcement video on Jimmy Fallon's show. Okay. *breathe* I'm THRILLED (and crying) to announce that ya girl is getting her own @nbc late night show!

"I'm so honored and humbled", Singh continued.

The newly named "A Little Late With Lilly Singh" will start in September making her the only female to host a late-night talk show on one of the major networks at the current moment.

It'll make her the only woman to now host a late-night talk show on one of the Big 4 networks.

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When asked what the show will be like Singh joked, "Kind of like my YouTube channel, but just now I have more than three staff members". AHHHHHHH! And not only did I get to announce this dream come true on @fallontonight but @sethmeyers came out and surprised me as well!

Singh also shared the news on Instagram writing, "I can't even believe I am writing this caption". I'm so grateful and overwhelmed to be joining this incredible family. Lilly is truly a jack of all trades, as she's lent her acting chops to movies like Bad Moms (starring Mila Kunis) and Fahrenheit 451 (starring Michael B. Jordan), and was even the leading lady in her own web series, Lana Steele: Makeup Sky. She posted her debut video on the platform eight years ago, and has since garnered 14 million subscribers, along with almost six million more on Twitter and over eight million fans on Instagram, making her one of the most successful YouTube personalities of all time.

The comedian, who hails from Scarborough, Ont., is taking over from Carson Daly on NBC. She also starred in the YouTube documentary "A Trip to Unicorn Island".

In February, Singh came out as bisexual in an emotional message on Twitter.

"Throughout my life these have proven to be obstacles from time to time. But now I'm fully embracing them as my superpowers", she wrote. "No matter how many "boxes" you check, I encourage you to do the same x".

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