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Jennifer Hudson on her biggest talk-show challenges, and how she 'Jennifer-ized' the 'Ellen' set

BURBANK, Calif. 鈥 How does Jennifer Hudson聽top winning the聽title聽of聽youngest female EGOT winner ever, at 40 鈥 one of the elite聽performers聽to win Emmy, Grammy (two, actually), Oscar and Tony awards?

The superstar "American Idol" alum, who won her Oscar as Effie in 2006's聽"Dreamgirls,"聽takes a transformative step to daytime talk-show host. Hudson began her own one-hour nationally syndicated "The Jennifer Hudson Show" Monday 聽(check local listings),聽 her 41st birthday.

"The聽timing is perfect because I've been in this industry 20 years acting and singing," says Hudson, speaking in her bustling new Burbank office space. "At this point, I simply want to聽be me,聽the person.聽 And I want to get to know everybody's person and their stories. I'm ready to talk."

"Hudson" features a mix of celebrity interviews, topical stories, community heroes, "viral sensations,"聽and (naturally)聽music.聽

Her first聽guests are "Idol" judge Simon Cowell, in their first reunion since she competed; Viola Davis; and NBA legend Earvin "Magic"聽Johnson. "The Jennifer Hudson Show"聽will make its聽new home in the studio聽of retired host Ellen DeGeneres,聽one of several daytime mainstays who have exited, along with Maury Povich and Wendy Williams.

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Hudson talked with 91影视 about her role in a challenged daytime landscape, with an emerging 聽generation of newer hosts, including fellow "Idol" competitor Kelly Clarkson, who聽begins her聽fourth season Monday, when Sherri Shepherd also launched聽a new show, replacing Wendy Williams.

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Jennifer Hudson's latest role is as the host of 鈥淭he Jennifer Hudson Show,鈥 a new one-hour nationally syndicated daytime talk show.

Question: So an exciting adventure as a talk show host, but a new world for you. What's it going to be like when that red studio light goes on?

Hudson: They will probably give me a red light.聽Or a green light. But I'm an actress. So can I get an "action!"聽instead? I have to learn what's the word they聽all use when it's time to start.

Meet the new host of the "The Jennifer Hudson Show"

Q: What challenges have surprised you with this new job?

Hudson: Cue cards are a little unnatural to me. And when we聽did practice shows, I like聽to look people in the face and talk to them. They're聽like, "Jennifer, face the camera."聽But (the guest) is聽right here!聽I really like it to be what you would naturally do. And then I get the note, "You talk too much;聽shut up."聽 But I want to connect with every single person. They're聽like, "She's still going!"

Q: "The Jennifer Hudson Show" is your new baby,聽will this mean we won't see you in movies or in the recording studios?

Hudson: No, I just finished a film called "Breathe" about a pandemic with no oxygen. I was the lead, and it was very challenging, very different from what I have done.聽I was really adamant, that just because I'm doing a talk show, does not mean I'm going to stop singing and acting and doing all of these things. This is who I am. There's going to be more films down the line, and obviously an album. Soon.

Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Hudson were coaches on season 15 of "The Voice," and starred on  "American Idol."

Q: What's it like entering the talk show arena with fellow "American Idol" competitor Kelly Clarkson?

Hudson: We love each other so much. She reached out to me to ask if I needed any help or advice. It feels good, because she knows the ropes. And Sherri聽Shepherd sent me flowers. I love that she's from Chicago,聽 like me. We all want to see each other shine.

Q: You're taking over Ellen's previous stage. What have you done to the place?

Hudson: It's been Jennifer-ized. I want you to feel a sense of my person when you come into it. I'm thinking of getting a bird that will sing my song "Spotlight" when you walk in. And when you leave, it's going to sing, "I'm not going ..."

Q: In 2011, a Texas snowstorm delayed your plane and you were late for "The Oprah Winfrey Show." How will that affect how you treat late guests?

Hudson: I still have anxiety from that. You only got to聽tell me one time. It'll never happen again. We took every precaution. When does it snow in Texas?聽I flew back in and had to go straight to the show. I whipped my own tail聽because I didn't sleep for聽three days. So聽it was a lesson well learned.

Q: You just won your EGOT-completing Tony in April. Where are you storing all this trophy hardware?

Hudson: They're all in my home in Chicago and I put them all together. You hear people talking about the EGOT, but you don't see them together. So I was like, "Emmy, this is Tony, this is Oscar and Grammys. You're all a family now."

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