YouTube star Lilly Singh has launched her television talk show on NBC, becoming the first openly bisexual woman of colour to host a late-night programme.
Her first episode featured The Office stars Mindy Kaling and Rainn Wilson as guests, and the debut has largely received praises from critics.
Deadline‘s Dino Ray-Ramos called the episode “funny, light, yet thoughtful” and CNN‘s Brian Lowry called her a “breath of fresh air in a late-night landscape largely characterised by its sameness.”
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Singh’s first A Little Late with Lilly Singh episode premiered on YouTube before it aired on NBC. She started the show with a rap.
She rapped: “Hello my name is Lilly and I ain’t a white man/My skin has some colour and it ain’t a spray tan.
“I know you’re only used to Jimmys up in the spotlight/But I’m gonna throw some melanin up in your late-night.”
Referring to her sexuality, Singh said: “I’m about spice up your life/So if you want to be my lover/I put B in LGBT/I’ll take Sansa and her brother.”
Singh came out as bisexual earlier this year. Sharing the news on Twitter, Singh wrote: “Female, Coloured, Bisexual,’ she wrote.
“Throughout my life these have proven to be obstacles from time to time. But now I’m fully embracing them as my superpowers.”
In her message, Singh also urged her fans to embrace their identities instead of hiding them. “No matter how many ‘boxes’ you check, I encourage you to do the same,” she wrote.