Actress Keke Palmer made history by becoming the youngest talk show host in TV history with her new BET show Just Keke.
“Everything is going really good,” Palmer, 20, told the Tom Joyner Morning Show. “We did better than expected so I’m really happy but really I’m having a lot of fun.”
So far, her guests have included Kevin Hart, Raven, and most significantly, Michael Ealy, her all-time celebrity crush who surprised her with flowers on set on the show’s first day.
Palmer is also part of the cast for the second season of the critically acclaimed Showtime series Masters of Sex, based on the pioneering sex research of Williams Masters and Virginia Johnson. “I play Coral, who is a domestic who works for the Masters family as a nanny taking care of their son. My season goes a bit into the civil rights movement but she definitely brings out a different side of Libby, who is Dr. Master’s wife. I think it will be interesting.”
As for her show, Palmer says that it will cover all bases that would appeal to a youthful, BET-age audience. Think of it as an updated Teen Summit, the popular issues-driven talk show that aired on BET for years.
“I know one of the main reasons I wanted to do the show not even just for me, but just for the simple fact that I wanted to have conversations that weren’t being had. We can talk about crazy, rachet stuff or talk about things that are completely over the surface, we can talk about things that really matter or that we’re really curious about. Sex, social issues whatever it may be, no one really has a place to really say it or the person that’s saying it doesn’t really get it. This is a place where we can all talk and have a sense of community and not judge one another but actually come to an understanding of things together and at the same time.”
Rachel Jeantel, a friend of the TJMS, was the show’s first guest.
“People tried to invalidate her message because of who she was was, not only the culture but her generation. The words she used and the way she put her sentences together they tried to invalidate what she said. That hurt me because maybe not on the level she experienced, but definitely in my career I’ve experienced people invalidating the things I have to say because I’m a kid or because the way I say it is different.”
Just Keke airs at 5 p.m. on weekdays on BET.
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