Will André Leon Talley Be The Next Leno Or Letterman?

If anyone in fashion has the clout, connections, and charisma to carry their own late night talk show, it’s André Leon Talley. Clearly we’re not the only ones who think so, since the Vogue contributing editor has recently inked a deal to develop just such a series, reports WWD.

The deal, between Talley and production company Electus, was brokered by DMA United’s Marc Beckman, who told the trade that the show would likely be aimed at cable networks once it gets further into the development process:

“We think a television platform is an ideal showcase for André’s personality to shine and bring together his amazing network of personal contacts, ranging from designers to musicians to politicians.”

As it stands right now, Talley’s personality is on full display in his feature for vogue.com, “Mondays with André”, in which he does everything from dole out advice to the Oxford Union debating society (“self invention is very important; fur hats are very important”) to traded carpet secrets with everyone’s favorite nine-year-old Oscar nominee, Quvenzhané Wallis. For his talk show, the editor, who will also act as an executive producer, describes his approach as:

“A show that blends Dick Cavett’s approach to eloquence and sophistication with unparalleled access into my international fashion lifestyle. A forum where unique stories will be told and inspirations shared.”

It’s unclear whether the Bravo reality show that Talley was in talks to host has fallen by the wayside, but in our humble opinion, this project sounds exponentially better.

We just can’t decide whether we’re more excited for the wealth of quotable André moments or the formidable collection of cloaks that are sure to be put on display.


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