Back in the days during the “Late Night TV” wars, oftentimes guest hosts would sit-in for David Letterman, Johnny Carson, or Jay Leno from time to time. Similarly, the same has happened for Ellen DeGeneres with Tiffany Haddish, as the Girls Trip breakout star has frequently filled in for the 63-year-old comic. Now, in the wake of announcing the end of The Ellen DeGeneres Show after 19 seasons, a senior NBCUniversal source has told Page Six that Tiffany Haddish is “a favorite” to sit in the vacant daytime TV throne.
“She has humor and empathy in spades,” the source shared. “She’s top of the list to get a daytime show—she’s a fresh voice.”
DeGeneres, who owns the rights to her show, has an ironclad deal in place so it is impossible to actually replace her without launching a fresh format with a new host. But that doesn’t seem to be hard as Haddish currently is the host of Kids Say the Darndest Things and co-hosted 2017’s Face Value with a natural charm and ease that studio execs seem to cannot ignore.
Haddish also stars opposite comedy legend Billy Crystal in the new movie, Here Today, which was released last week.
A rep for Haddish was unavailable for comment.