Keke Palmer is dipping her toe in the daily talk show pool this summer after BET signed the actress and singer’s show up for a trial run. This July, Palmer’s program, tentatively titled The Keke Palmer Project, places her in the history books as well.
Palmer, 20, will become the youngest talk show host in history when her show airs. The program is executive produced by Judge Greg Mathis and will be produced by Telepictures, which also produces Mathis’ popular court program. Palmer aims to discuss a series of topics, including music, fashion, social issues and interviewing stars. The network will give Palmer a four-week run of shows in its initial run.
More from the press release from BET Networks:
An influential voice of her generation at age 20, Palmer will bow as the youngest talk show host in television history. No topic is off limits as THE KEKE PALMER PROJECT (wt) seeks to inspire young viewers and entertain through celebrity interviews, “on the street” bits and undercover segments.
The series was a natural progression from Palmer’s deep identification with her fans via social media, as she explained, “I like to read quotes that touch on how I am feeling. 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 were dealing with similar issues, and the quotes helped to open up a genuine dialogue between us.”
Palmer, who starred in Akeelah and the Bee and the VH1 TLC biopic, isn’t giving up her acting career as she’s set to star on Showtime’s Masters Of Sex series and the summer horror flick Animal. Palmer is also starring in the Queen Latifiah-produced indie film Brotherly Love later this year.