YouTube star Lilly Singh set to turn into first bisexual late-night host
By Brian Oxenhandler
YouTube star Lilly Singh, a vlogger with greater than 14 million subscribers on the favored social platform, will probably be taking up the NBC late-night slot at the moment held by Carson Daly. When her present, “A Little Late With Lilly Singh,” debuts in September, she is anticipated to be the one girl and solely LGBTQ particular person internet hosting a late-night present on one of many massive 4 broadcast networks.
Singh, 30, made the large announcement Thursday throughout an look on NBC’s “The Tonight Present Starring Jimmy Fallon.”
“Your lady is getting her personal NBC late-night present,” Singh informed the viewers, which erupted with applause. “And to make clear, it’s not Jimmy’s slot.”
“An enormous shoutout to all the ladies who’ve been earlier than me and are at the moment within the house, as a result of I couldn’t have achieved it with out them paving the trail,” she added.
Singh, who’s Indian-Canadian, has been producing YouTube movies since 2010. Her movies, which embody all the things from music video parodies to rants about courting apps and jean pockets, amass hundreds of thousands of views.
Whereas Singh has been within the public eye for practically a decade, she solely simply got here out publicly as bisexual final month. In a Feb. 24 Twitter put up, Singh mentioned she’s “absolutely embracing” her sexuality as one in every of her “superpowers.”
GLAAD, a nationwide LGBTQ media advocacy group, highlighted the importance of Singh’s work – each previous and future.
“Together with her hundreds of thousands of YouTube and social followers, the significance of Lilly’s unapologetic visibility as a bisexual girl of coloration can’t be underscored sufficient,” GLAAD mentioned in an announcement shared with NBC Information. “Lilly is a beacon of hope and a job mannequin to numerous younger LGBTQ individuals, and her new function on late-night will serve to encourage numerous extra.”