With Oprah on her way out, Fran Drescher hopes to become the nasaly new voice of daytime chat.
The former star of ‘The Nanny‘ is celebrating a decade cancer free with a three week test run of ‘The Fran Drescher Tawk Show’ beginning November 26 on local Fox stations in New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Phoenix and Orlando.
If all goes well, she plans to take her unique humor and style nationwide next fall.
We caught up with Fran yesterday to get all the details…
Lots of people have tried and failed at daytime talk. Are you nervous?
That is part of my pleasure — to fly without a net and do something new. It keeps life interesting for me.
Will the show be live?
I really want everything to be perfect, so since I haven’t done this before, the wisest thing is for us to tape it a couple in advance. That way if something doesn’t work, we can fix it.
Wouldn’t it have been easier to get a job on ‘The View’ or ‘The Talk’?
I fly solo. I don’t do ensemble. It is not my specialty.
WIll you do a monologue?
Yes. Mostly comedic. You know, personal stories about me being single and my family. We may also do Q&A like Carol Burnett did.
Can we expect many celebrities?
It is going to mostly be just me — and Esther Drescher, my dog. Sometimes my parents will be on. And friends will drop in like Rosie O’Donnell or Dan Akroyd. There will be other celebrities, but it is not celebrity-driven.
What is the set like?
It is going to be a small and intimate audience of about 125 people. The set is gorgeous. It looks similar to my house in Malibu, with a beautiful staircase that I will make an entrance from every day. It is going to look like it is being shot here in L.A.
What’s one subject you can’t wait to talk about?
I have a segment called “There Ought To Be A Law” and I really want to support the anti-Bullying initiative in Washington. I think that Americans should support that. No child should ever be afraid to go to school.
Sounds like a lot of work. How are you feeling these days?
Great! I celebrated ten years well on June 21. It is really amazing. I turned lemons into lemonade. Being a health activist and a public diplomacy envoy for women’s health issues are doors I never probably would have walked through had I not survived cancer. So, you know, sometimes the best gifts come in the ugliest packages.
Will you be tuning in to Fran’s new show?