Busy Philipps will soon become the newest member of an elite group: late-night talk show hosts – an even smaller number of which are women. The actress and social media phenom will helm her own E! show, not unlike Chelsea Handler before her, whose Chelsea Lately combined panel discussions, one-on-one interviews, and sketches. The Cut broke the news on Tuesday, when we learned that Philipps will join the distinguished ranks of Samantha Bee, Robin Thede, and Sarah Silverman as female late-night hosts.
Philipps first rose to prominence portraying teenaged characters, co-starring in Paul Feig‘s Freaks And Geeks and Dawson’s Creek. She appeared on TBS’s Cougar Town from 2009 to 2015 alongside Friends alumna Courteney Cox. She can currently be seen on HBO’s Vice Principals and in I Feel Pretty, which was co-written and co-directed by her husband, Marc Silverstein. She is also known for her popular Instagram account, especially the candid Stories that broadcast moments other celebrities wouldn’t dare publicize.
Joan Rivers blazed a trail as the first woman to host a late-night network television talk show. The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers aired on Fox from 1986 to 1987. Its final episode featured a then-fledgling comedian named Chris Rock.