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Queen Latifah won’t discuss her private life on new daytime talk show: ‘That’s mine. For me.’

Can you imagine Ellen DeGeneres hosting her daytime talk show and never mentioning that she is married to Portia de Rossi?

Or what if Oprah Winfrey never mentioned Stedman Graham – or BFF Gayle King – during her 25 years on the air?

Even Anderson Cooper, after a year of hosting his now-defunct talk show, came out publicly and in his second year was much more relaxed and open with his audience.

Well Queen Latifah is going to be hosting a new talk show starting next month and she does not plan to get similarly personal.

‘I don’t feel the need to discuss my private life on this show or any other show,’ Latifah tells The Hollywood Reporter. ‘There’s the part of my life that the public and I share together. And there’s the part that’s mine to keep for myself. And that’s mine. For me.’

The powers that of Latifah’s show support her decision to remain private.

‘It’s her choice what she chooses to talk about,’ Holly Jacobs, executive vice president of syndication and reality programming at Sony Pictures Television tells The Hollywood Reporter.

‘It doesn’t feel relevant to me because we’re just making a big, entertaining show and celebrating all of life,’ Jacobs says. ‘There’s a difference between talking about one’s personal life and one’s point of view and perception of the world and how they see it. And I respect that people need to put boundaries to whatever they want to talk about.’

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  1. She has always been intensely private. It would be nice if she’d come out and then move forward without another mention. (IF indeed she has a reason to come out.) Why? I think it helps when authenticity. I think the time has not yet arrived where being gay is “no big deal.” As a result, the more that come out, the more we can push homophobia into the closet. She would be a great role model simply due to the fact the hip hop community is so intensely homophobic.

    Regardless, it is her decision to make and I hope everyone will respect it even if they do not agree.

  2. I fully respect her right to privacy. However, her refusal to discuss her sexuality has given the impression, right or wrong, that if she is a lesbian, that is something to be ashamed of. I don’t understand how she can play such strong women in movies – including lesbians – yet act as if admitting whether she is attracted to men, women, or both is something that can never be revealed.

    I don’t want any details. I honestly don’t care if she is straight, gay, or bisexual, or some mix of all or none. And I certainly don’t want to know any intimate details about her love life. But I would like to know that she is not ashamed of her sexuality, whatever it might be.

    Her continued silence makes me think that she is, and gives the impression that others should be as well, even if that isn’t her intention. And that’s just sad.

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