Hollywood TV Execs Eye Michelle Obama as Daytime Talk Show Host

Monday, 05 Nov 2012 12:25 PM

By James Hirsen

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According to Hollywood television executives, First Lady Michelle Obama will have a new high-profile job waiting for her in the event her husband fails in his re-election bid.

Mrs. Obama has made more appearances on the little screen than any other first lady in history, including spots on late-night talk shows such as “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and daytime shows such as “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”

She also made history by appearing on reality shows including “Iron Chef” and “The Biggest Loser.”

However, should President Barack Obama fail to secure a second term, the first lady could move from being a television guest to becoming a host of her own TV show.

Television executives see Mrs. Obama as a potential star in the style of TV’s former daytime queen, Oprah Winfrey.

Hilary Estey McLoughlin is president of Telepictures Productions, the syndication company behind “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”

“She reminds me of Oprah Winfrey as someone who has the ability to make people understand complex things in a simple way,” McLoughlin told TV Guide.

“Personally I want to see her in the White House,” the company executive added. “But if she were not going to be in the White House, I'd love to have her as the host of a show. She's amazing.”

Former president of CNN, Jon Klein, told the magazine that “daytime syndicators are desperate for a new voice, and she [Mrs. Obama] is tailor-made for it.”

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