(CBS News) Dana Owens, perhaps a little better known as Queen Latifah, is a musician, producer, author and Oscar-nominated actress, and she’s now launching a new daytime TV show on CBS.
“The Queen Latifah Show,” she explained on “CBS This Morning,” is the brainchild of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith. “I was in London having a Guinness, a van rolled up, someone jumped in grabbed me, it was Will and Jada, and they kidnapped me made me do this talk show,” Queen Latifah said. “I did do a talk show before and I learned a lot. I had a good time doing it, but I think there was a lot more I wanted to do at the time. I wanted to act more, so I hadn’t done ‘Chicago,’ ‘Bringing Down the House,’ ‘Beauty Shop,’ ‘Last Holiday,’... and I still had that in me, and I had the option to leave that talk show. So after the second year, I thought, you know what? I really want to do it.”
Check your local listings for “The Queen Latifah Show.”
But now, Queen Latifah said she’s ready to take on a TV show again. She said, “I’m excited about it. ... I feel like life—I’ve gotten to do a lot of things in this journey that life has brought me back right here where I need to be.”
“I think the main thing I took away from the first (TV talk show) is make sure that I’m doing something I love every day,” Queen Latifah said. “It’s really important to make sure that it’s me, that it feels like something I’m enjoying and love because it doesn’t matter how much sleep I lose. When I’m doing something I love, I can lose sleep. I can go and go and go and go. My work ethic is pretty intense. But when it comes to doing something that I don’t love every day, I’m not very good at it. That’s called work and I don’t like work that much.”
John Travolta will be the first guest on “The Queen Latifah Show.”
In addition to her daytime TV show, Queen Latifah also discussed her upcoming education special”Teach,” which airs Friday at 8:00 p.m. on CBS.