Charlamagne Tha God, one-third of Premiere Networks’ “The Breakfast Club,” extends his multi-platform reach to Comedy Central, where he will host “Tha God’s Honest Truth With Lenard ‘Charlamagne’ McKelvey.”
The weekly half hour late-night series will debut on Friday, Sept. 17 at 10pm, featuring “Charlamagne’s culturally fluent take on social issues in a variety of deep dives, sketches, and social experiments that deftly unpacks the most pressing topics permeating politics and culture,” according to press materials.
Produced by MTV Entertainment Studios, the show boasts Stephen Colbert, who will serve as Executive Producer along with Charlamagne and others. It’s Colbert’s first time back at the network since “The Colbert Report” ended in 2014. Rachel Edwards, whose credits include MTV’s “Wild N Out,” is named Showrunner and also carries an Executive Producer title.
“This is one of those moments where I can show you better than I can tell you,” Charlamagne said in a release. “This is the third talk show [MTV Entertainment Group President/CEO] Chris McCarthy has done with me and those shows prepared me for this opportunity. My South Carolina brethren Stephen Colbert is the ultimate cosign in the late-night space and he wouldn’t cosign no bullshit. We are going to win an Emmy next year for best lighting direction I can feel it.”
The “Power 105.1” WWPR New York-based personality’s previous experience with McCarthy includes roles on talk and comedy shows on MTV and MTV2 a decade ago. He also made the leap from syndicated radio host to podcast network creator last year when he partnered with iHeartMedia to create The Black Effect Podcast Network.
“Charlamagne is one of the most culturally significant voices of our time,” McCarthy added. “His thought provoking and uninhibited observations both get under people’s skin and open their minds which is why we are thrilled to be doing this show with him and equally thrilled to welcome back the Dean of Late Night to Comedy Central, Mr. Stephen Colbert.”
For his part, Colbert remarked, “For too long, the town of Moncks Corner, South Carolina has been underrepresented in late night. I look forward to all the ways in which the fearless, peerless Charlamagne is going to change the game.”