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Lilly Singh’s NBC series debut proves late night TV and YouTube need each other

Submitted by The Verge on September 17, 2019 - 12:34pm

A Little Late With Lilly Singh - Season 1

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Lilly Singh is the first queer woman of color to get her own late night talk show on a major network, and at 30, she’s one of the youngest late night hosts in NBC history. That she’s also the first YouTube creator to land such a coveted gig is just further proof of how network television is relying on a younger, diverse, and more online pool of talent to remain vital and relevant in the ever shifting world of entertainment.

Singh doesn’t want people to forget who she is and where she came from. Last night, the debut episode of her show, A Little Late with Lilly Singh, opened with a video starring Singh rapping about not being like the “other Jimmy’s” on late night right now. The video, which is similar to the rap parodies that helped...

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