Tiffany Haddish's 'Kids Say the Darndest Things' Moves to CBS From ABC

Tiffany Haddish
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CBS is reviving the Tiffany Haddish-led Kids Say the Darndest Things.

The network has ordered a new season of the unscripted show to air later in the 2020-21 season. The pickup comes some seven months after ABC canceled the show following its 2019-20 run. It last aired in January.

The move to CBS brings Kids Say the Darndest Things back to its original home, where it dates back more than 70 years. It began as part of Art Linkletter's radio show in the 1940s and was a regular part of his TV variety series that aired from 1952-69. CBS also previously aired a version of the show from 1998-2000, hosted by Bill Cosby.

"Few things have more universal appeal and humor than the unfiltered honesty of a child, and the comedic genius of Tiffany Haddish takes that to the next level," said Mitch Graham, senior vp alternative programming for CBS. "It's great to have Kid Say back on CBS and part of our expanding alternative slate for 2021."

Said Haddish, "I see my role as giving kids a safe environment where they can say anything they want with complete freedom and no judgment. What I love about this show is that we let kids truly be themselves. I'm the straight man here, and that's fine with me."

Haddish is coming off The Last O.G. at TBS, which she departed after three seasons, and is currently working on Apple's The Afterparty, from Phil Lord and Chris Miller, and feature The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent opposite Nicolas Cage. Haddish also executive produces a stand-up series, They Ready, for Netflix. She is repped by UTA, Ziffren Brittenham and Kovert Creative.

CBS Studios produces Kids Say the Darndest Things in association with Anvil 1893 Entertainment and Haddish's She Ready Productons. Eric Schotz, Haddish, Bellamie Blackstone and Ruth Rivin are the executive producers.

Anvil 1893 is repped by UTA.