NBC Taps YouTube Star Lilly Singh as Carson Daly’s 1:35 a.m. Replacement

She’ll become broadcast’s only female late-night host

NBC's new trio of late-night hosts: Jimmy Fallon, Lilly Singh and Seth Meyers. - Credit by Andrew Lipovsky/NBC
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Broadcast TV’s streak of white male late-night hosts has finally been broken.

NBC has tapped Lilly Singh as its new 1:35 a.m. host, making her the only woman, or person of color, to host a broadcast network’s late-night show.

The YouTube star will replace Carson Daly, who last month said he would step down from Last Call With Carson Daly, which he has hosted since 2002.

On the new show, A Little Late With Lilly Singh, she’ll conduct in-studio interviews as well as create and star in pre-taped comedy sketches and other segments. Singh will also executive produce the show.

“An Indian-Canadian woman with her own late-night show? Now, that is a dream come true,” Singh said in a statement. “I’m thrilled to bring it to life on NBC, and I hope my parents consider this to be as exciting as a grandchild.”

Singh, who has 14 million YouTube subscribers, broke the news on Thursday’s episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. She was joined by Seth Meyers, whose Late Night With Seth Meyers will serve as A Little Late With Lilly Singh’s lead-in.

“Lilly is truly a star, and we’re thrilled to welcome her to our NBC family,” said Doug Vaughan, evp, special programs and late night, NBC Entertainment. “She is a multitalented performer who will surely have a great rapport with not only all her guests but also with our devoted late-night audience. We can’t wait to get started.”

Singh has also appeared in HBO’s Fahrenheit  451 and the films Bad Moms and Ice Age: Collision Course, and wrote The New York Times bestseller How to Be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life. She was Adweek’s cover star and Creator of the Year in March 2017.

@jasonlynch jason.lynch@adweek.com Jason Lynch is TV/Media Editor at Adweek, overseeing trends, technology, personalities and programming across broadcast, cable and streaming video.