Mary J. Blige is jumping into talk shows, joining the long list of music and acting faces now sitting and interviewing others on the couch. The 51-year-old R&B singer has entered into an agreement with BET to knock out both scripted and unscripted content via her Blue Butterfly Productions company. Project number one? Fans can expect to see the Family Affair hitmaker on The Wine Down. The show will be hosted by Blige and is set to connect her with high-profile, popular, and perhaps even controversial faces in music, sports, acting, social media, and politics.
Get Ready for 'The Wine Down' with Mary J. Blige as Host
Jumping Into Talk Shows
In a statement, Blige expressed excitement, saying, “Being able to now create together, for them to be so supportive of my vision for the type of content I will create, is something I am grateful and excited for. We already have multiple projects in the works and there is much more to come."
Music Programming & Music Strategy's Connie Orlando said that BET is “proud to supercharge” its portfolio via its dealings with Blue Butterfly. “Throughout her legendary career, Mary has blazed trails to become a global superstar,” Orlando continued. Blue Butterfly Productions was founded by Mary in 2019 and also has a first-look scripted TV deal in the works with Lionsgate Television. The Grammy winner has stated that she feels BET has been one of her "biggest supporters" across her career, one now spanning multiple decades.
Still Hugely Popular
Mary J Blige's popularity was evident as she performed alongside the likes of Rap God star Eminem and legendary hip-hop face Snoop Dogg at the 2022 Super Bowl Half-Time Show. Blige is herself a recipient of Grammys including Best R&B Song and Best R&B Album. She also won the 2022 Billboard Icon Award this year. Back in 2006, she snagged the BET Award for Video of the Year.
Joining Celebs In Talk Shows
Mary will join the rising number of stars shifting away from music or acting and into hosting. Actress Drew Barrymore is now the host of The Drew Barrymore Show. Meanwhile, talk show queen Kelly Ripa kicked off her career on the sitcom All My Children. Also with a past in entertainment are Ellen DeGeneres and Stephen Colbert.
Mary J Blige boasts an impressive celebrity following on Instagram. Her account is kept tabs on by actresses Halle Berry and Kate Hudson, socialite Paris Hilton, plus superstar singer and actress Jennifer Lopez.