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Queen Latifah recruits superstar friends for talk show debut

Queen Latifah recruits superstar friends for talk show debut

Will Smith, left, with Queen Latifah, on "The Queen Latifah Show," where he also serves as executive producer.

Queen Latifah kicked off her new U.S. daytime talk show on Monday with the help of her A-List friends John Travolta, Lenny Kravitz and Alicia Keys.

The Oscar-nominated actress returned to the small screen 12 years after her short-lived chat show ended in 2001 and marked the occasion with a string of superstar guests.

Talking to her first-day audience, Latifah gushed about her new job, saying, “Thank you so much for being with me today, and really throughout my whole career. Everything that I have done has led me to this moment.

“This is my chance to do all of the things that I love. I get to introduce you to amazing people who are doing extraordinary things. I get to showcase the best entertainers, and of course I get to laugh my Spanx off.”

Grease actor Travolta was the very first guest to take the stage, where he discussed his kids and career.

Latifah also surprised a California high school band teacher and his students by sending Keys for a jamming session. The “Fallin'” hit maker even pitched in to help Latifah renovate their band room, complete with new instruments.

Will Smith’s 12-year-old daughter Willow Smith took the stage to close the show with a performance of her viral video hit “Summer Fling.”

Latifah also recruited her old friend MC Lyte as the house DJ, while Lenny Kravitz showed off a hidden talent for design by revealing he was the mastermind behind her modern set.

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