For those of us who can keep in mind when Oprah very first gained large popularity in the ‘90s, it was likewise the time of a excellent influx of ‘90s talk show hosts. everybody had a show, as well as I indicate everybody (even Robin Givens as well as Tempestt Bledsoe, aka Vanessa Huxtable).

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If you were a black woman, had vocal cords as well as a neck that swiveled, you got a talk show. as well as carry pads, since you couldn’t be a ‘90s talk show host without carry pads.

Now that Oprah has left network TV to helm her own (pun intended) network, there are a new crop of talk show hosts itching to take her place.

We now have Bethenny (who did a partial swivel on “The genuine Housewives of new York”), Wendy (whose neck as well as wigs both swivel), a number of “The View” knockoffs (including one that rhymes with the aforementioned title), a dude from Jerry Springer as well as a few British guys who I’m not really sure why they have shows (British white guys are genetically incapable of swiveling their heads). even Ricki Lake, the younger, new Yorkier version of Oprah, is making a comeback.

While we welcome (sort of) the new crop of folks, we do want to pay homage to the talk show sistas whose heads swiveled a path for the talk show hosts of the future.

Remember Them?

90s Talk show Hosts

The Tempestt Bledsoe Show

Host: Tempestt Bledsoe, aka Vanessa Huxtable

Dates Aired: 1995

Signature Show: “I’m a Black Queen, I should have A Black King”

Swivel aspect (on scale of 1-10): 2 (and that is only since she had that dope, ahead-of-it’s-time natural hairstyle back in the ‘90s).

Qualifications: many hours advising Rudy not to put shampoo in her hair.

What is She Doing Now: truth shows, of course, with Dwayne Wayne’s bestie (and her real-life partner) Darryl Bell. Here’s a weird twist: Dwayne Wayne really went out on a date with Vanessa Huxtable on the show.

The Bertice Berry Show

Host: Bertice Berry, a comedian/lecturer/sociologist

Dates Aired: 1993-1994

Signature Show: “Charles Manson as a function Model”

Swivel aspect (on scale of 1-10): 6

Qualifications: Dr. Berry is maybe the only person out of all the ‘90s talk show hosts who might really provide recommendations (she has a Ph.D. in sociology from Kent State).

What is She Doing Now: college lecture circuit

The Jenny Jones Show

Host: Jenny Jones, a Canadian comedienne as well as breast cancer survivor (yes, Jenny’s not a black lady, however she accumulated a number of “ghetto passes” over the 12-year span of her talk show).

Dates Aired: 1991-2003

Signature Show: “Same Sex trick Crushes,” the show in which a gay guy revealed a crush on a friend. The good friend later killed the confessor

Swivel aspect (on scale of 1-10): 7 (with 2 points removed since she’s Canadian)

What is She Doing Now: Hanging out with Rude Jude?


Host: Rolanda Watts, a professional television reporter

Dates Aired: 1994-1997

Signature Show: Several. Rolanda committed the utmost talk show sin…she really got genuine celebrities (James Brown, Aretha Franklin, the cast of “Moesha”) to be on her show.

Swivel aspect (on scale of 1-10): 4

Qualifications: She was a TV reporter in the ‘90s, so she had a great deal of ‘90s service suits
that needed to be worn

What is She Doing Now: The announcer for judge Joe brown (dang, not even judge Mathis?!)


Host: Iyanla Vanzant, a spiritual guru as well as the only person to ever diss Oprah as well as Barbara Walters as well as online to tell about it

Dates Aired: 2001-2002

Signature Show: Actually, her best show wasn’t her show…at least in name. It was her two-episode chatfest with Oprah. Talk about excellent television…

Swivel aspect (on scale of 1-10): 45. We sistas love Iyanla. I personally have four of her books. I’ve never checked out them, however that’s besides the point.

Qualifications: She’s got the neck swivel down pat. Plus she out-“spiritualized” Oprah…on her own show.

What is She Doing Now: Pissing off Oprah? just kidding. Her painful-to-watch groveling to Oprah during the last season of the Queen of Chat’s show landed her an upcoming show on the struggling OWN.

Mother Love’s Forgive or Forget

Host: mom Love, an actress, spokesperson as well as radio personality

Dates Aired: 1998-1999

Signature Show: Anything to do with husbands who want to come out to their wives… on national TV.Swivel aspect (on scale of 1-10): 11, since she reminds me of my grandma who might spend hours talking about her diabetes.

What is She Doing Now: Making bank as a spokesperson for a slew of products that offer with diabetes (RIP Nana)

Robin Givens’ Forgive or Forget

Host: Robin Givens, an actress, super-smart person (she got into Harvard) as well as expert bitter woman

Dates Aired: 1999-2000 (they fired mom Love as well as hired Givens)

Signature Show: Every show was about cheaters, so take your pick

Swivel aspect (on scale of 1-10): -20. Robin Givens DOES NOT swivel her neck…EVER.

What is She Doing Now: Still kinda bitter?

The Queen Latifah Show

Host: Queen Latifah–Cover Girl, singer, rapper, actress, as well as plus-size fashion icon

Dates Aired: 1999-2001

Signature Show: any individual with somebody singing (‘cause they were nearly always truly bad)

Swivel aspect (on scale of 1-10): 1000 before “Bringing Down the House,” 8 after.

Qualifications: U.N.I.T.Y.

What is She Doing Now: Making millions as well as causing speculation about her sexual positioning (do we truly care?)

The Whoopi Goldberg Show

Host: Whoopi Goldberg, one of the few EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony) winners

Dates Aired: 1992-1993

Signature Show: Whoopi did one-on-one interviews with top celebrities (like Sean Connery) for the entire hour

Swivel aspect (on scale of 1-10): 1. Let’s be real, Whoopi absolutely phoned it in.

What is She Doing Now: Hosting “The View” on ABC as well as polishing her Emmys, Grammys, Oscars as well as Tonys.

The Ricki Lake Show

Host: Ricki Lake, the formerly plus-size star of John Waters’ films. Yes, Ricki is likewise not a black lady, however she’s banked a few “ghetto passes”.

Dates Aired: 1993-2004

Signature Show: The one with Reverend Fred Phelps as well as his scary thoughts about HIV/AIDS as well as gay men.

Swivel aspect (on scale of 1-10): 3, since she was quite hip

What is She Doing Now: She’s making a comeback with an all new “Ricki Lake Show” debuting September 2012

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