Queen Latifah Gets Help From Alicia Keys and Lenny Kravitz

The Emmy-winning star's got a new talk show.

Posted: 08/01/2013 01:24 PM EDT
Queen Latifah, Lenny Kravitz, Alicia Keys

When Queen Latifah launches her new daytime talk show this fall, names from her celebrity rolodex will help in the cause. Alicia Keys and Lenny Kravitz are two of the big names, aiding The Queen Latifah Show but in different capacities.

Keys has appeared as a guest during the test run, and Kravitz' design firm constructed the set. More celebrity names include executive producers Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith.

Aside from the star power involved, Latifah dropped more details during a Television Critics Associate (TCA) conference on the Sony Studios lot where the show is taped, Wednesday (July 31). The Queen has "already invited the Prez and Mrs." to be guests, but that doesn't mean the show will be politically based. "We probably won't get too heavy into politics," she said.

There also won't be any attempts at copying Oprah's legacy ("Oprah is Oprah," noted the Oscar nominee) and salacious run-ins. Guests won't be asked to "set the record straight" or "blindsided by crazy stuff."

"If you don't want to talk about that, I'm not going to make you talk about it because, guess what — I don't want to talk about it either," she said.

The Queen Latifah Show debuts Sept. 16.

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