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Lilly Singh, 1st LGBTQ person to host a late-night broadcast network series, returns in 2021

Lilly Singh — the first woman and LGBTQ person to host a late-night series on a broadcast network — will return to the airwaves in early 2021.

The second season of “A Little Late with Lilly Singh” will debut January 11 at 1:35 a.m. on NBC and across digital platforms, the network announced Tuesday.

‘A Little Late with Lilly Singh’

“During the first season of ‘A Little Late,’ I was thrust into a whole new world that admittedly consisted of 90% learning and 10% being creative,” Singh, 31, said in a press statement. “For this second round, I know the ropes and plan to bring more of my creativity to the table. It’s time to get goofy, be imperfect and bring my full authentic self to late night.”

In the sophomore season, Singh will swap out a traditional stage for a Los Angeles-based house as the show’s location, which will give Singh “more space to break the rules and embrace imperfection” and “be spontaneous and unfiltered, bringing a funhouse vibe” to the late-night timeslot, according to the show description.

Apart from a mix of sketch comedy, interviews and Singh’s perspective on current events and pop culture, the show will also go behind the scenes, giving audiences a look at the creative process and spotlighting how Singh and her team bring the show to life, according to the series description.

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Coming out as bisexual

Singh came out as bisexual on Twitter in February 2019. A month later, the uber popular vlogger with more than 14 million social media fans announced that she would be hosting a late night show, making her the only woman and only self-identified LGBTQ person hosting a late-night broadcast television show.

Earlier this year, Signh addressed people who criticized her for talking about being bisexual during a monologue.

“Since I started this show, I’ve had a lot of people online say things like, ‘Why does she talk so much about being a bisexual woman of color?’” Singh said. “First of all, I talk about my dog and The Rock way more, so get your facts straight, okay? Facts.”

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After coming out

In her monologue, Singh also addressed being bisexual and Indian. She said a lot of homophobia exists in the Indian community, and that before she came out, some people in her community didn’t understand LGBTQ issues.

Singh also said the doom-and-gloom predictions about her coming out didn’t happen.

“In fact, when I came out, people told me that I’d lose all my popularity, all of my fans and all of my business in India,” Singh said. “But then I didn’t — turns out in a place with 1.3 billion people, a lot of them don’t give an ‘f’ about who I give an ‘f.’”

Singh is the New York Times bestselling author of “How to Be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life.”

She has appeared on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 Hollywood & Entertainment list, Fast Company’s Most Creative People list, and Time magazine called her one of the most influential people on the Internet.

About the author

Phillip Zonkel

Award-winning journalist Phillip Zonkel spent 17 years at Long Beach's Press-Telegram, where he was the first reporter in the paper's history to have a beat covering the city's vibrant LGBTQ. He also created and ran the popular and innovative LGBTQ news blog, Out in the 562.

He won two awards and received a nomination for his reporting on the local LGBTQ community, including a two-part investigation that exposed anti-gay bullying of local high school students and the school districts' failure to implement state mandated protections for LGBTQ students.

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