It’s been a busy 2019 for YouTube star Lilly “Superwoman” Singh. In February, she came out as bisexual on Instagram and last night NBC announced that she’ll be taking over for Carson Daly in their 1:35 a.m. slot with a new series called A Little Late with Lilly Singh. That makes her the only woman, the only queer person, and the only person of color to currently host a late night show on broadcast network TV. It’s a big forkin’ deal! NBC has already branded her their “late night comedy queen.”
The show will follow the traditional late night model of in-studio interviews and pre-taped comedy segments, plus some “signature elements.”
Singh rose to internet stardom on YouTube starting in 2010 when she created her channel, IISuperwomanII. Her first video had 70 views and she now has 14.5 million followers. Forbes named her to their list of top 10 highest paid YouTube stars in 2017, estimating that she made $10.5 million that year. Singh has also received a variety of accolades for her channel, including Streamys, People’s Choice Awards, MTV Fandom Awards, and Teen Choice Awards. She’s also starred in a couple of music videos, most notably with Maroon 5 and Cardi B in last year’s “Girls Like You.”
Doug Vaughan, NBC’s executive vice president of special programs and late night told Variety, “Lilly is truly a star and we’re thrilled to welcome her to our NBC family. She is a multi-talented 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 stopped by Fallon last night to make the announcement in person.
Several of your faves are also very excited!
GO OFF QUEEN! CONGRATS!!!!
— Kehlani (@Kehlani) March 15, 2019
INCREDIBLE NEWS!!! Congrats to @IISuperwomanII !!! https://t.co/E0FYTlJEeu
— Tegan and Sara (@teganandsara) March 15, 2019
Calling @IISuperwomanII a YouTuber is like calling Ariana Grande a Nikelodeoner. She transcended long ago. 🙌🏽 https://t.co/H2RlgFUaqo
HOLY THIS IS AMAZING! Congrats @IISuperwomanII paving the way and slaying all day! 😭💕 https://t.co/kU3KP8Q7yi
— Natasha Negovanlis (@natvanlis) March 15, 2019
Happy 20BiTeen, everyone!