Jennifer Hudson is a proud EGOT, an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony winner who has proven herself on screen, stage and in music. Her next intended conquest: daytime TV.
“The Jennifer Hudson Show,” starting Monday (check local listings for time, station), is among the newcomers jumping into the void left by the end of long-running shows hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, Wendy Williams and Maury Povich.
Hudson isn’t fretting about her competitors, including fellow newcomers “Sherri” with Sherri Shepherd and “Karamo” with Karamo Brown of “Queer Eye.” Her personal and professional experiences have prepared her for the challenge, Hudson said.
She’s paying tribute to her start as a contestant on “American Idol” with her first guest, former judge Simon Cowell.
In an interview with The Associated Press, the Chicago native talks about why a daytime show has been a “dream,” whether singing will be part of it and how she’ll balance her other pursuits with the day job. Remarks have been edited for clarity and length.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.