Wow, talk about about what seems to be strange bed partners. We all know that comedian Wanda Sykes is a huge supporter of President Obama. And we all know Fox News is a huge hater of the prez. But those facts didn’t stop Fox family member Fox-TV, and the funny lady from hooking up.
As writer Lacey Rose from Forbes.com puts it, “In a bid to shake up a late-night landscape dominated by white men and score ratings points along the way, Fox is handing the late-night keys over to a black woman.”
Hmm, this could be very, very interesting … if it works
Here’s the bottom line. This Fall, Sykes will roll out a Saturday night talk show in a time slot formerly occupied by Spike Feresten. In addition to giving the Emmy winner an opportunity to comment on the week’s news through skits and panels, the programming decision strengthens the parent company, News Corporation’s, network’s late-night footprint.
Even though executives at Fox had been courting her, she just wanted to do standup comedy, her movie gigs and her role on CBS’ “The New Adventures of Old Christine.”
Then came Obama’s campaign, and she realized she also wanted an outlet to discuss her views.
The comedian who’s known for her tart tongue, says her Saturday night show will include her take on the news and its characters, ranging in style from HBO’s Bill Maher to E!’s Chelsea Handler.
Also she says there’ll be no musical guests unless former Vice President Dick Cheney puts out a hip-hop album. In that case, “we’re booking him,” the comic reminded.
But being that the network is owned by conservative media mogul, Rupert Murdoch, isn’t she the least bit concerned about being censored?
“Nothing is off limits,” Sykes responds.
Alrighty then! We can’t wait to see her weekly take is on both sides of the political aisle, but especially from the Republicans, who continue to prove daily that there’s limit on their mission to be seen as the party of small minds and almost unlimited stupidity.