Keke Palmer becomes TV’s youngest talk show host with new BET program

Actress Keke Palmer attends a film screening at the White House in Washington, D.C., of "The Trip to Bountiful." The 20-year-old is set to host a new talk show on BET.
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Keke Palmer legally cannot buy beer. But she can host a daily talk show.

The 20-year-old actress who has appeared in “Akeelah and the Bee,” “The Longshots” and was featured in the title role of Nickelodeon’s “True Jackson, VP,” has been signed to host a new daily talk show being produced by BET Networks and Telepictures that is scheduled to debut in July.

The series establishes Palmer as the youngest TV talk show host ever.

The show, which has the working title of “The Keke Palmer Project,” will “target millennials by covering a variety of topics, including fashion, social media, pop culture, sex and more,” according to a news release.


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Celebrity interviews, “on the street” bits and undercover segments will be part of the mix for the series, which is being touted as a natural progression from Palmer’s deep identification with fans via social media.

“I like to read quotes that touch on how I am feeling,” Palmer said in a statement. “If I am dealing with confusion, I will read quotes about clarity and peace of mind. I started posting these quotes on my Twitter page and the fans responded so positively! I realized that many of them are dealing with similar issues and the quotes helped to open up a genuine dialogue between us.”

Palmer already has a busy slate. She’s starring in the upcoming horror film “Animal,” which is being produced by Drew Barrymore, has a six-episode arc on Showtime’s “Masters of Sex” and is featured in the independent films “Brotherly Love” and “Imperial Dreams,” which premiered this year at Sundance.


The series will be produced in Los Angeles during its initial four-week run. Judge Greg Mathis of the syndicated “Judge Mathis,” who was key in establishing a relationship between Palmer and Telepictures, will be an executive producer.


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