The Jennifer Hudson Show, originally slated to premiere Monday (Sept. 18), has officially been put on pause due to the ongoing Hollywood writers’ strike, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed.
Hudson’s show — which was slated to kick off its second season and feature guests across music and television, from Usher and DJ Khaled to Vice President Kamala Harris and more — is among the recent string of daytime programs like The Drew Barrymore Show and CBS’ The Talk that have paused their return amid the writers’ strike. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hudson “advocated for the postponement.”
The announcement of The Jennifer Hudson Show‘s renewal for a second season occurred earlier this year, in January; the Writers Guild of America, which represents more than 11,500 screenwriters protesting against the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), did not go on strike until May, after Hudson’s show renewal was already announced.
“Working on this show alongside my incredible team and our amazing partners has been one of the greatest joys of my career,” Hudson said in a statement about receiving a second season for her show. “We have been on this journey together from day one and I am so thrilled to take it to the next level. I could not be more grateful to audiences across America for letting me into their homes everyday as we empower and inspire one another. I can’t wait to show you what we have up our sleeves in season two!”
Hudson is the youngest female EGOT winner ever, after taking home a Tony in 2022 as one of the producers of best musical winner A Strange Loop. She also won the Oscar for best supporting actress (for 2006’s Dreamgirls), two Grammy awards (best R&B album for 2009’s Jennifer Hudson and best musical theater album for 2017’s The Color Purple), and a Daytime Emmy for 2021’s Baba Yaga.
The Writers Guild is set to continue its negotiations with AMPTP on Wednesday.