"The hourlong show, slated to premiere in the fall, will succeed the recently canceled sketch comedy show "MadTV." It will be topical, featuring a panel of recurring guests sparring over issues concerning politics as well as pop culture. Sykes will appear in field segments as well.
The article adds: "Sykes' deal brings a rare female presence to late-night television, which is dominated by white male hosts. It follows TBS' announcement of a new late-night talk show hosted by Mexican-American actor/comedian George Lopez."
In addition to being one of the very few women or blacks to host a late-night show, Sykes becomes one of the very few openly black gays or lesbians with their own television show. Sykes came out last November after the passage of California's Proposition 8, saying " I’m proud to be a woman, I’m proud to be a black woman and I’m proud to be gay." Reuters does not mention Sykes' coming out. The Associated Press provides a photo of Sykes at a Human Rights Campaign benefit and also does not mention her coming out. It's progress ... but at a price.
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