Farewell, Oprah: 5 Possible Replacements for the Talk Show Queen

With the end of The Oprah Winfrey Show, a new crop of promising African American TV personalities are set to carry the torch



Veteran comedienne. Top-rated host. Academy and Golden Globe award-winning actress. Mo’Nique has star power in her favor, giving her the potential to continue climbing up the television and entertainment ranks. After starring in multi-seasons of UPN’s The Parkers, host of Showtime at the Apollo, and appearances on Russell Simmons’ Def Comedy Jam, Mo’Nique has continued her ascent as host and executive producer of Mo’Nique’s F.A.T. Chance, a beauty pageant for plus-sized women, and host of VH1’s successful reality TV franchise, Flavor of Love Girls: Charm School. In 2009, she became the first African American woman with her own late-night talk show, The Mo’Nique Show, created along with her husband, Sidney Hicks, via their production company, Hicks Media. The show had more than 1.5 million viewers watching its October 2009 premiere alone, and continues in its second successful season.

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