Tiffany Haddish now has the ‘Darndest’ time with kids

Comedy star revives ‘Kids Say the Darndest Things’ for ABC

Tiffany Haddish

Grown-up humor is her trademark, but Tiffany Haddish is happy to match wits with children, too.

A regular on TBS’ “The Last O.G.,” the comedy star is taking on another television job as the host and an executive producer of ABC’s revival of “Kids Say the Darndest Things,” premiering Sunday, Oct. 6. Originated by Art Linkletter on his “House Party” program and later brought back by Bill Cosby, the show now sees Haddish engage with youngsters in a variety of segments.

“When Art Linkletter was doing it, I was a different person … I wasn’t alive,” Haddish amusingly explains. “I was inside my mom’s womb, just waiting to get here. Even as a little egg, I could hear it. Really, as a child, I would see it and I thought, ‘Oh, wow, I really want to be on that show.’ I would ask my mom and my grandma and people around me, like, ‘Can y’all get me on it?’ And it never happened.”

“Girls Trip” and “The Kitchen” movie co-star Haddish doesn’t have to fret about that now, being a driving force behind the show’s return.

“I still feel like I’m 6 or 7 or 8 from time to time,” she notes. “At that time in my life, I knew that I wanted to do something really cool. When people asked me, ‘Tiffany, what do you want to be when you grow up?,’ I’d be like, ‘I want to be a horse farmer’ or ‘I want to work in a Snickers factory’ or ‘I want to work in a beef jerky factory.’ Everybody would be like, ‘Why would you want to do those things?,’ and I was like, ‘Because my grandma said, “Do what you love.” So, there you have it.”

As for how Haddish is fitting another series into a schedule that includes January’s film “Like a Boss,” she says, “We’ll do it in a week, a week-and-a-half. We’ll do maybe one (episode) in the morning, one in the evening, and I’ll interview all the children in the middle. It’s like a late-night talk show, but with kids.”

Jay Bobbin

Jay Bobbin

Jay Bobbin has decades of experience covering the television and movie businesses, winning Tribune Media Services’ Crown Jewel Award in 2008 for his performance in the company. Over those many years of interviewing and writing, he has spoken with everyone from Robert De Niro and John Travolta to Paul McCartney and Tony Bennett … from Meryl Streep and Julie Andrews to Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood.

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