Tif­fany Had­dish now has the ‘Darn­d­est’ time with kids

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Grown-up hu­mor is her trade­mark, but Tif­fany Had­dish is happy to match wits with chil­dren, too.

A reg­u­lar on TBS’ “The Last O.G.,” the com­edy star is tak­ing on an­other tele­vi­sion job as the host and an ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer of ABC’s re­vival of “Kids Say the Darn­d­est Things,” pre­mier­ing Sun­day, Oct. 6. Orig­i­nated by Art Lin­klet­ter on his “House Party” pro­gram and later brought back by Bill Cosby, the show now sees Had­dish en­gage with young­sters in a va­ri­ety of seg­ments.

“When Art Lin­klet­ter was do­ing it, I was a dif­fer­ent per­son ... I wasn’t alive,” Had­dish amus­ingly ex­plains. “I was in­side my mom’s womb, just wait­ing to get here. Even as a lit­tle egg, I could hear it. Re­ally, as a child, I would see it and I thought, ‘Oh, wow, I re­ally want to be on that show.’ I would ask my mom and my grandma and peo­ple around me, like, ‘Can y’all get me on it?’ And it never hap­pened.”

“Girls Trip” and “The Kitchen” movie co-star Had­dish doesn’t have to fret about that now, be­ing a driv­ing force be­hind the show’s re­turn.

“I still feel like I’m 6 or 7 or 8 from time to time,” she notes. “At that time in my life, I knew that I wanted to do some­thing re­ally cool. When peo­ple asked me, ‘Tif­fany, what do you want to be when you grow up?,’ I’d be like, ‘I want to be a horse farmer’ or ‘I want to work in a Snick­ers fac­tory’ or ‘I want to work in a beef jerky fac­tory.’ Every­body would be like, ‘Why would you want to do those things?,’ and I was like, ‘Be­cause my grandma said, ”Do what you love.“So, there you have it.”

As for how Had­dish is fit­ting an­other se­ries into a sched­ule that in­cludes Jan­uary’s film “Like a Boss,” she says, “We’ll do it in a week, a week-and-a-half. We’ll do maybe one (episode) in the morn­ing, one in the evening, and I’ll in­ter­view all the chil­dren in the mid­dle. It’s like a late-night talk show, but with kids.”

Tif­fany Had­dish

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