Shortly before launching her eponymous talk show this fall, a reporter asked Queen Latifah if she wants to be the next Oprah.
“There’s no such thing,” responded Latifah, whose syndicated talker airs in Chicago at 2 p.m. on WBBM-Channel 2 and 7 p.m. on WCIU-Channel 26. “Oprah is Oprah, and she’s still being Oprah in case anyone hadn’t noticed.”
Viewers will notice Latifah being Oprah on Thursday’s show. As part of her special “Halloween Fit for a Queen” episode, Latifah pays homage to queens across time, including Nefertiti, Queen Elizabeth and, of course, the Queen of Talk, who Latifah says inspired her to go into the chatfest circuit.
In a move straight out of the Oprah playbook, Latifah-as-Oprah even surprises each of her audience members with a car. A toy car, mind you.
I think she pulls off the Oprah look pretty well. How about you?