Queen Latifah has lined up an impressive list of guests for the first week of her new daytime talker, which bows Sept. 16 on CBS stations, including John Travolta, Sharon Stone, Jake Gyllenhaal and pal Jamie Foxx. Will Smith, who is an executive producer on the Sony Pictures Television-produced talker along with his wife Jada Pinkett Smith, will also make an appearance.
“I cannot think of a more talented and fun group of people to share the stage with in celebration of the launch of my new show,” Latifah said. “I am honored to have the support of so many long-time friends and colleagues as I begin this journey, and I look forward to sharing this experience with all of them and with the many new friends I will make along the way.”
In addition to the A-list lineup, Latifah will also feature chart-topping musical guests, surprise performances, comedy and everyday heroes who are changing lives in their local communities.
The lineup reflects Latifah’s Hollywood connections. She also has reached out to Jay Z. “He’s going to come on,” she told The Hollywood Reporter during an interview last July. “I’ve known Jay Z 20 years. I’ve watched his evolution and he’s watched mine. We’re all proud of each other.”
And President Obama and Michelle Obama have an open invitation. The show will also feature celebrities in field segments; the show plans to follow Pitbull as he spearheads the opening of a charter school in his hometown of Miami.
The Queen Latifah Show enters a daytime talk show field that includes new entries from former Real Housewife Bethenny Frankel, whose eponymous show bows on Sept. 9 on Fox stations, and a rebooted The View with Jenny McCarthy joining the long-running ABC program.