Ricki Lake is planning to launch a new daytime talk show in 2012.
If you were around in the ‘90s, then you probably remember Ricki Lake who hosted a highly-rated daytime talk show from 1993 -2004.
Well, it seems Ricki will be back. She’s signed with 20th Television to return to the daytime landscape in 2012.
“I’m excited to return to my roots and work with 20th Television to develop a talk show that will give me an opportunity to share my experiences and reconnect with audiences,” Ricki said in a statement.
Stephen Brown, programming head of 20th Television said: “Ricki is a pop-culture icon who has built a career on her candid, straight-talk sensibility and her authentic, relatable nature. With an enormous fan base, that represents all ages and ethnicities, we are thrilled to develop a daytime talk show emphasizing Ricki’s fresh and enhanced perspective.”
Ricki said she’s looking forward to having more creative control over her show this time around.
“In my old show, I was plugged in. I was cast into it without knowing what I was doing,” she told Variety. “Now, having done it for 11 years and with so much more life experience, I think I’m going to be that much better at this job.”
Ricki’s previous show, appropriately titled “Ricki Lake,” was known for somewhat sensational topics and featured tense reunions between past lovers and relatives, some paternity testing, confrontations between bullies and past abusers and lots of “coming out” segments.
However, the new show will reportedly focus on more “mature” matters such as marriage, divorce, parenting and weight loss.
With Oprah Winfrey stepping down next month, Ricki Lake’s return might be an attempt to fill that slot.
-Tracy L. Scott
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