Queen Latifah in The Hollywood Reporter: I Won’t Be Discussing My Private Life On My Talk Show

Posted Sunday August 11, 2013 12:35 PM GMT

With her long-awaited talk show “The Queen Latifah Show” slated to hit the small screen this Fall, Queen Latifah scores the cover spot of The Hollywood Reporter's latest issue.

While striking a few gorgeous poses for the Lorenzo Agius-shot spread, the 43-year-old entertainer dished about hosting the Oscars someday and revealed the one topic she will not be discussing in front of the audience.

Check out a few highlight’s from Queen Latifah’s Q&A session below. For more, be sure to visit The Hollywood Reporter!

On the Oscars:
“I don’t know if I would do it. That is a tough job to do. "Comedians can say s*** that normal people can't. Excuse my language, but it's true. Chris [Rock] was mean; I was sitting right there. He was funny. But some of it was just mean. I can't see me having the balls to do something like that. Maybe there is one part of me that does want someone to like me. I don't want to walk past them at Urth Caffe and have them staring at me like they could kill me because of some stupid s*** I said at the Oscars."

On her sexuality:
"I don't feel the need to discuss my private life on this show or any other show. There's the part of my life that the public and I share together. And there's the part that's mine to keep for myself. And that's mine. For me."

On learning about guns:
“[My father] taught me how to defend myself, and he also taught me not to be a bully. He taught my brother and I all these ways to harm somebody and then told us, 'Do not use this.’”

On her childhood struggles with racism:
"For my eighth birthday, I wanted a skateboard. I realized there was racism because people thought, 'Oh, if you like roll 'n' roll, that makes you like a white kid.' A lot of girls my age were jumping rope and they wanted to play hopscotch and they were digging all through their mom's makeup. Well, I was doing that, too. But for them, it was about clothes and boys. And I was into sports and music."

Photo Credit: Lorenzo Agius for the Hollywood Reporter

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