Ricki Lake's returning to daytime TV
April 20th, 2011
03:58 PM ET

Ricki Lake's returning to daytime TV

Oprah Winfrey's on her way out, but talk show vet Ricki Lake is making the move back to daytime.

According to Broadcasting & Cable, Lake is officially developing an hour-long talk program with Twentieth Television.

While her old show, which was distributed by Sony Entertainment and aired from 1993-2004, was aimed at younger women, Lake is now thinking more broadly. B&C reports that the 42-year-old single mom will cover topics like family, marriage, parenting, divorce, weight-loss, health and nutrition.

Twentieth Television is gearing up for a fall 2012 debut on broadcast stations, cable networks or some combination of both.

Lake said in a statement that it’s "been very fulfilling for the past seven years to focus my energy on advocacy work on behalf families and children.” Nonetheless, she’s “excited to return to my roots and work with Twentieth Television to develop a talk show that will give me an opportunity to share my experiences and reconnect with audiences.”

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    when i first heard it i was excited. never mind the haters Ricki was fun and the show was never boring (like some) *snorts* if i must say so myself.......glad she's coming back, can't wait. go ricki, go ricki, go ricki.

    January 26, 2012 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  2. That CHICK

    For all of you screaming "Not One More Talk Show..." If you weren't sitting around on your lazy a$$'s, you wouldn't know how many Talk Shows really exist... So there for there would be no reason for you to even make that statement. Anyways... To each his own. ... Just sayin'.

    April 22, 2011 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  3. cutefeet8

    Please NOT one more Talk Show!!! I guess this proves the economy is REALLY in the toilet.! God help us.

    April 22, 2011 at 7:52 am | Report abuse |
  4. ĎonJJ


    April 22, 2011 at 7:39 am | Report abuse |
  5. ian

    I can't stand her, she's brutally awful!! I hope she bombs like Dresden so that she's off the air again quickly!

    April 21, 2011 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. tekita

    Boy....its some messed up ppl in this world....black and white.....time is near ppl wake yall asses up!!

    April 21, 2011 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  7. PAUL

    "What do you mean he talks like he's gay? How does someone sound gay".....my favorite often quoted line by ricki on her old show.

    April 21, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ĎonJJ

    everyone on here best chill until they get the salami in the rear.

    April 21, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ĎonJJ

    jug-a-boo jug-a-boo

    April 21, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ImSoDone

    Oh good. I can't wait to hear her scream into her microphone (like she did in the old days) about every topic we already hear on every morning show.

    April 21, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  11. grofys

    please, no more talk/help/cooking/diy/psych-pop/gossip/celebrity/diet and nutrition/weight-loss shows. please! please!

    April 21, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  12. yesenia chavez

    Im sooo excited to here ricki lake is coming back!! back when i was in middle and high school i would watch her show during summer breaks now im 24 yrs old!! im glad to hear ur coming back!!

    April 21, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |


    April 21, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Name KO

    Ricki is awesome and her old show was fun! It was Ricki keeping up with buckwild New Yorkers like Wendy does now. We saw her through 2 pregnancies and good show reveals. Her audience has grown as she has, so why not come back!? Go Ricki!

    April 21, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  15. DAYtripper

    I hope she brings back cool topics like "My boobs are too big"

    April 21, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  16. FUzzman

    If you are impacted by this then you really need to find a job.

    April 21, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  17. ihateO

    isn't it?

    April 21, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  18. ihateO

    one more thing.... posting multiple times in a row is annoying.

    April 21, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  19. ihateO

    I'm glad Oprah's gone. One of the biggest time-sucks ever on TV.

    April 21, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  20. ihateO

    @ iloveo: u luv her so much, spell her name right! or is that how it's done in Ebonics? you are the real loser! go stand in line fo yo foodstamps!

    April 21, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  21. wow

    Could it get any worse with the shows that is going off and now we have this on Tv. Get real,I won't be watching at all.

    April 21, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  22. sss

    Could it get any worse with the shows that is going off and now we have this on Tv. Get real I won't be watching at all.

    April 21, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  23. QUAY

    My TV just got fatter.

    April 21, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  24. ssss

    Could it get any worse with the shows that is going off and now we have this on Tv. Get real, I won't be watching at all.

    April 21, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |

    What a fantastic choice of her's. A beautiful person to uplift the spirit's for many.

    April 21, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Alex

    Good god. The end of the world really must be near.

    April 21, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  27. danny

    Did she fianlly get out of jail from her drug convictions.

    April 21, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Ri schmuck

    The blog comments become funnier each day. GO RICKI

    April 21, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  29. augie

    another re-tread. Give the viewers a break.When was that pix taken-10 yrs ago or is it lift renewal???She was not tolerable before,,what's her talent now?

    April 21, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Linda

    Please don't have this screaming mimmy back on television. Her squawking is an ear ache!

    April 21, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Carrie

    I hope her show format is different - she was so Jerry Springer on her old show, completely unlikeable; she had no real empathy for her guests, she just wanted a story. Oprah and Phil Donahue had that and that is why they are icons and lasted so long. Dr. Oz is the same way and look at how on every show the women want to hug him.

    Nice to see Ricki has kept the weight off – she looks great.

    April 21, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  32. MaDukes

    We don't need another talk show.

    April 21, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Name*chazzy

    A repeat from hell....

    April 21, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Name*chazzy

    when it's over, it SHOULD be OVER...

    April 21, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  35. shartae

    Another talk show hell no its nothing she can talk about i mean its enough gossip

    April 21, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  36. shartae

    Please find another hobby maybe another grease movie or muppets but its enough talkshows

    April 21, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Spring Off

    Now if you don't rate, just overcompensate,
    At least you know you can always

    April 21, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Observer

    Oh, please God, no. The 2008 "Recession" (actual "Depression"); Obama; Jersey Shore; skyrocketing gas prices . . . hasn't this country been through enough?

    April 21, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Jerry Springer

    I just remember her show for introducing me to the phrase ' pleather is played out '

    April 21, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  40. rican

    Mean people suck ricki lake is back I love ricki

    April 21, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  41. seriously

    quick somebody call Richard Bey!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 21, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Soleada

    Oh, Ricki has a bf/is engaged.. she said it on Oprah during a talk show host 'reunion' (with Geraldo, 'ontell, Sally, & Ricki)... i still say bring back Montell lol

    April 21, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Soleada

    It's the end of tv as we' know it.... wonder when 'Days of Our Lives' will finally kick the bucket? strangely enough, I kinda miss Montell Williams.. the shows with Sylvia Brown were fascinating (yeah, unemployment sucks)!

    April 21, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  44. darren

    Give me a show These ppl do the same thing we do put me on tv

    April 21, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  45. erica

    I love all these racist remarks! it reminds me of why i am the way i am and i welcome u all to my neighborhood 🙂 of course, that would also mean ud have to grow a pair and actually let ppl know who u are instead of hiding behind screen names online. guess ur kind will always be a waste of my energy and tax paying $$$

    April 21, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  46. darren

    Every washed up actor or rapper has a reality show come to the projects illl show you reality

    April 21, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  47. @ iloveo

    Mad much? smfh

    April 21, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  48. Drummer Girl

    I'm so digusted with the racial comments.We're all HUMAN! ALL talk shows are mindless,brain-numbing wastes of time....All that aside,what's with all the venomous,imbecilic hateful comments?!...I'm going to do something unheard of in today's society...read a book!Come on,try it!You might like it!

    April 21, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • That CHICK

      I couldn't agree more. What does ones race have to do with this?

      April 21, 2011 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  49. some dude

    I heard that her tv debut will be in a cage match with ABDULLAH THE BUTCHER.

    April 21, 2011 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  50. Jan

    Plastic surgery and we need another talk show ???

    The money has run out.

    Stay away.

    Break your tv. Go outside and live

    As Ted turner said. "the more you watch the less you will do."

    April 21, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  51. iloveo

    I will be watching the
    OWN channel and not this
    losers show; losers watch
    ricki lake

    April 21, 2011 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  52. iloveo

    I hate ricki lake; hope her
    show bombs like her last one
    Oprah rules!

    April 21, 2011 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  53. rude jude

    So.... Jenny Jones is probably not too far behind...

    April 21, 2011 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  54. iloveo

    White women weren't complaining
    When they were getting
    Free Oprah handouts; now they
    Bitting the hand that feeds them
    Whites are losers

    April 21, 2011 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  55. iloveo

    No white women will ever replace Oparah; white women need
    to stop hating on black women they are
    BETTER than you and ALWAYS will be; you
    white people suck; ricky
    lake show will fail like
    her one; go Oprah

    April 21, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  56. djmc32

    Better than maury,that guy doesnt even try anymore,and seve wilkos show is not worth the time it takes to film.and,you said dribble......hahahahahahaha!

    April 21, 2011 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  57. Tif

    Welcome back, Ricki!

    April 21, 2011 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  58. OldGoat

    And knowing that Ricki Lake is returning to TV to start yet another gabfest is important because...

    April 21, 2011 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  59. carolae

    OMG, another talk show host???? They are so boring. Meanwhile, ABC has cancelled AMC & OLTL only to bring back a 2 hour segment with yet another food program. There isn't anything new that a talk show host or hostess can cover....it's all been done. Perhaps it's the way they spin the story....who knows, I won't be watching it.

    April 21, 2011 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  60. f

    I don't watch talk shows , but I hate HATE Oprah. She is so condescending to everyone she talks to. ("People, please welcome....") She pats their hands while she counts in her head all the money this poor sap is making for her at the moment, she makes goo-goo eyes and wierd faces. I don't kbnow why people ever liked her and keep watching her. I can't wait for her to go AWAY!! I remember Ricky Lake being very nice (genuinely nice). At least Ricky is pretty.

    April 21, 2011 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Carrie

      You also probably won' t miss her shouting out the names of famous guests in that long, drawn out manner: Please welcome John TraVOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLTAAAAAAAAAA and D So happy when she has guests with names that only have one syllable, like Chris Rock.

      April 21, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  61. twisted

    She is hot in a milf kinda way but i can make her feel 21 again

    April 21, 2011 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  62. Bill & Ted

    Dudes, isn't RL the fat chick from "Hairspray"? We heard she was hot now, in a MILF kinda way. Bill knows all about that, right? Shutup, Ted!

    April 21, 2011 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  63. Patti


    April 21, 2011 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
  64. Maverick

    "The surest sign of intelligent life in the universe is that no one has come here to visit."

    Well, considering shows like hers, Jerry, and all those other programs have their signals beamed into space, is there any wonder?

    April 21, 2011 at 7:56 am | Report abuse |
  65. @Huh

    You want to know something? I see dead people..tee hee. what ya think of that? I also have skid marks on my undies..sshh don't tell anyone. @ Lee, who Thumper? Isn't that the rabbit's name?

    April 21, 2011 at 6:54 am | Report abuse |
  66. Huh?

    @Lee23. Mean people suck? What sucks even worse is whiny little pansies like you! I'm not prejudiced, I hate everyone!

    April 21, 2011 at 6:20 am | Report abuse |
  67. NeNe

    This is a slow site..can't troll on anyone on here. Evel, Football Fan, Beautiful Vixien, and even the person that dribbles..can't touch them. .this is not a weak group BUT!!! I do have to say, AJ what are you smoking? Please may I have some? I'm hungry too. I better get me to white castle.

    April 21, 2011 at 4:53 am | Report abuse |
  68. Ehh

    I'm hungry

    April 21, 2011 at 3:14 am | Report abuse |
  69. John

    Ricki is ok. maybe she can take the time slot of Jerry Springer. I can't belive that that guy gets rich from low life white AND black trash! Only in America 😦 . No wonder the world hates us.

    April 21, 2011 at 3:12 am | Report abuse |
    • f

      GO Jerry! GO Jerry! Go Jerry! Mah baby daddy is dookin' my mommas half-brother's white girlfreind who is on the crack pipe all day. Wassup wit dat???

      April 21, 2011 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  70. @B-Vixen

    Keeping it real as always..lol. Love ur shock n awe. Haven't seen u posting in a while. Nice 2 c u back.

    April 21, 2011 at 3:07 am | Report abuse |
  71. sabuscott

    I see the dilemma of these production/idea people. Ricki had her own show before, and it tanked. Not necessarily because Rikki was a bad host or anything (she actually seems pretty personable and caring and such), but because the production/idea people put her out there on a bad execution platform. Sorta like Ricki Lake before Steve Wilkos. Ricki actually has a good element and atmosphere to thrive in without having to worry about being the next Oprah any more than Ellen DeGeneris needs to worry about being the next Oprah. In Hollywood, you're only as good as your people.

    April 21, 2011 at 1:59 am | Report abuse |
  72. lol

    You ppl are crazy..lol

    April 21, 2011 at 1:34 am | Report abuse |
  73. Mastermind

    Roflmfao!! BV..You sure do tell it like it is. That's cool. Too many women are fake. They R@-pe you for your money and everything else and leave your a-$$ after.

    April 21, 2011 at 1:17 am | Report abuse |
  74. First post

    Good for her and welcome back to talk show tv.

    April 21, 2011 at 1:16 am | Report abuse |
  75. Beautiful Vixen

    Lmao!! No I DID NOT read THIS ONE POST. I just saw what Sockboy wrote. Oh me bad. I'm PMS -ing and that's the truth :). From a c -nt to a b-tch my head is up my az z and that's no lie (and yes you heard me right when I called myself the C word, because I can be). Night now 🙂 xoxo

    April 21, 2011 at 12:57 am | Report abuse |
  76. twisted

    Wonder if ricki likes hershey in her milk

    April 20, 2011 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Happy Hippie

    I loved her old shows episode "I don't care marijuana is illegal I still smoke in public anywhere anytime."

    April 20, 2011 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
  78. @ beautiful vixen

    Do you read the articles before you submit your comments?

    April 20, 2011 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Head Diva In Charge

    Yes she was married and has 2 sons from that marriage. She got divorced and went on to date her trainer. She was in the news last year when her house burnt down in Malibu. I should know because I keep up with all this 🙂

    April 20, 2011 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Umlaut the Magnificent

    Bleech, I think I just puked in my mouth.

    April 20, 2011 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chuck

      Maybe you shouldn't drink so much and things like throwing up in your mouth wouldn't happen.

      April 21, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Beautiful Vixen


    April 20, 2011 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Beautiful Vixen

    Lol..At the fat comments. On another note, I think she is married or was married. I think she may also have kids. She was on the cover of Shape Magazine maybe about year or 2 ago.

    April 20, 2011 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
  83. football fan

    Rikki is hot now. I wonder if she dates younger men

    April 20, 2011 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
  84. Lee23

    Really people? Are you all so sad you have to dis someone else? As Thumper said, if you don't have anything nice to say don't say anything at all! Mean people suck!

    April 20, 2011 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • LittleMo

      Ricki Lake made a living out of saying those kinds of things about other people. Her first show was very judgmental when it came to guests or anyone really whose opinion was different from hers and the people who agreed with her. When you treat people like that it comes back on you – with interest . Ricki has not only had this coming – she asked for it.

      April 21, 2011 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  85. Angela


    April 20, 2011 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  86. Shecky

    Wasn't she, like, – REALLY FAT and then she had gastric bypass?

    April 20, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Shecky

    Talk about a HAS-been! WHO would actually WATCH this dribble?

    April 20, 2011 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • markus

      DRIBBLE??? you mean DRIVEL. Dribble is something a baby leaves on your shoulder when you're holding it...

      April 20, 2011 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Jed

    I agree she does look real hot with her cherokee indian looking face and those eyes that say lift up my skirt. All I can say she does not return to that trash show she used to have

    April 20, 2011 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  89. Jed


    You and me both. She has DEFINITELY gotten hotter over the years and I can't believe she's STILL single.

    Possible she is a lesbian? I am just saying..

    April 20, 2011 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marky

      Yeah, sure she is; that's why she only dates guys..... Duma$$, she's was married a long time, now she's not, but she does date guys. Wow, get a job and stop being so stupid!

      April 21, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  90. AJ

    Go Ricki, Go Ricki, Go Ricki! I loved Ricki and I missed her. She has a big heart. I would defiantly want to see her in a new show.

    April 20, 2011 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
  91. Barbara S. ,Chicago, IL.

    Does anyone know if you'll be able to watch this through the TVDevo website? I know they stream a lot of shows but not sure about this one??

    April 20, 2011 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  92. football fan

    She does look good since she coughed up that cow she swallowed

    April 20, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  93. teepee

    Guess her money has run out!

    April 20, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  94. Mark

    She is so hot. I would sooooo tap that.

    April 20, 2011 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sockboy

      You and me both. She has DEFINITELY gotten hotter over the years and I can't believe she's STILL single.

      April 20, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chuck

      What makes you losers think anyone cares who you want to "tap"? What a moron!!!

      April 21, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  95. materialman

    Oh gosh I just can't hardly wait....I've been laying awake at night just waiting for this news....

    April 20, 2011 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  96. Evel Knievel

    She got kinda hot once she stopped eating so much.

    April 20, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  97. Kevin

    Glad she is coming back to TV it's been too long. 😉

    April 20, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  98. Okra Wynn-Free

    Where's the equality? A sista leaves and they give the job to a white girl? I'm calling Al Sharpton!

    April 20, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  99. alovelyladie

    Go Rickie, Go Rickie, Go RIckie!

    April 20, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  100. AL


    April 20, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hollywood Reporter

      Let's hope she doesn't have these shamless people on:


      April 20, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheMovieFan

      Please turn the Caps Lock off.

      April 21, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  101. fletch

    No! Say it ain't so!

    April 20, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |

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