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Mo'Nique Coming To ABC- Not BET-With A New Talk Show!

Comedy News

If you all recall, we told you over a month ago that Mo’Nique was coming back to television with a new talk show; but we said our sources told us that it was with BET. As a matter of fact, the Queen of Comedy took to twitter to even deny our claims. But as it turns out that the talks show is with ABC. Well, we got half of it right.

Check out the confirmed article from The Hollywood Reporter below:

Mo’Nique, the actress and comedienne who won a best supporting actor Oscar for her work in the 2009 big-screen drama Precious, is working on a syndicated talk show with ABC/Disney that could launch as soon as September 2014, according to sources.

The show, expected to be aimed at the daytime audience, has not yet been given a firm go, but it is being developed by Vicki Dummer, executive vp current series and specials, for the ABC Entertainment Group.

She most recently had a BET talker, The Mo’Nique Show, which ran from 2009-11. She also wrote Skinny Women Are Evil: Notes of a Big Girl in a Small-Minded World (and a companion cookbook).

If she aspires to be the next Oprah Winfrey, Mo’Nique will have a lot of life experiences to share. She has spoken publicly about being molested as a child as well as her open marriage with her husband. She has a son from her first marriage and twins with her current husband.

Like Winfrey, the 45-year-old Mo’Nique has had to deal with weight issues. In April, she said she lost 85 pounds. She has shared her diet and exercise program with her followers on Twitter.

For next fall, announced talk show launches include Meredith Vieira and Marie Osmond. Fox is also expected to decide later this month on whether to green light a talk show with Kris Jenner and one called The Real, a younger-skewing multi-cultural version of The View. Mo’Nique would also likely face two other African American talk hosts next fall, Steve Harvey and Queen Latifah.

Sources at ABC insist Mo’Nique is not intended as a replacement for Katie, the talk show starringKatie Couric, which is in the second year of its two-year contract with ABC-owned stations and others around the country.

Born Monique Angela Jackson, the Baltimore native first came to fame as the star of the UPN’s The Parkers, which ran from 1999-2004. She has also appeared on late-night talk shows and has done her stand-up comedy act on shows including Showtime at the Apollo and Russell Simmons’ Def Comedy Jam.

She made a documentary in 1997, I Coulda Been Your Cellmate, about women who are incarcerated, which showed her comedy act at a Ohio prison.

She had roles in a number of feature films including Domino, Phat Girls and Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins before her breakout performance in Precious.

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  1. DANA RUSHING

    PLEASE MS DUMMER DON’T PUT ANOTHER TALK SHOW AIR THAT IS NOT WHAT THE DAYTIME FAMILY OF AMERICA WANT TO SEE THE FAMILY WANT AMC AND OLTL BACK HOME WHERE THEY BELONG

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