ABC is reviving the comedy-variety show “Kids Say the Darndest Things” next season, with comedian Tiffany Haddish stepping in to host.
Described as a “reimagined” take on the Bill Cosby-hosted show about the humorous things children say when talking to adults, the new “Kids Say the Darndest Things” will feature “a mix of in-studio segments and taped pieces from across the country, all set in front of a live studio audience.”
Planned segments include “Kids Rule,” in which kids explain to Haddish the rules for everything from sportsmanship to dating; “Love Talk,” where she seeks advice on her love life; “Best Carpool Ever,” which will see Haddish taking on carpool duty with a minivan full of kids; and “Granny Tiff,” in which she will wear prosthetics to disguise herself as an older woman and receive technology advice from the kids.
ABC plans to air the show on Sunday nights starting in the fall, slotting it between “America’s Funniest Home Videos” and “Shark Tank.” Haddish will host and executive produce via her She Ready Productions banner. Eric Schotz of Anvil 1983 Entertainment will also serve as an executive producer on the CBS Television Studios production.
“I’m excited to hear what kids have to say these days because I can’t understand what they are saying on social media,” Haddish said in a statement. “They’re using too many abbreviations!”
“When I was dreaming of stars I wanted to bring to ABC, Tiffany Haddish was top of my list,” Karey Burke, president of ABC Entertainment, continued. “Tiffany starring in and producing this iconic series is everything I hoped for.”
“‘Kids Say the Darndest Things’ has been part of our Studio family since Art Linkletter created the segment for his ‘House Party’ series way back in 1945,” said David Stapf, president of CBS Television Studios. “It’s a warm and funny family program that is sure to provide both tears and peals of laughter to viewers of all ages. We are delighted to join ABC and Tiffany in bringing an all-new version to air next season.”