Queen Latifah calls on pals for new talk show

August 1, 2013 • Entertainment

FILE – This Oct. 5, 2012 file photo shows Queen Latifah at Variety’s 4th annual Power of Women event in Beverly Hills, Calif. Latifah’s new talk show, “The Queen Latifah Show” comes out from Sony Pictures Television in September 2013. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, file)

CULVER [auth] CITY, Calif. (AP) — Queen Latifah (lah-TEE’-fuh) says her new daytime talk show is calling on A-list friends for support, including musicians Alicia Keys and Lenny Kravitz.

Keys has already participated in test runs of “The Queen Latifah Show.” And Kravitz’s design firm created the set.

There are more pals at the show’s highest levels. Will Smith and his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, are among its producers.

Producer Corin Nelson said “The Queen Latifah Show” will be light on politics. But Latifah already has two big Washington guests in mind: During a White House visit, the actress and rapper extended an invitation to President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama.

Latifah spoke to members of the Television Critics Association visiting her Los Angeles-area Sony Studios set Wednesday.

Her syndicated show debuts Sept. 16.

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