Making the move from hit radio personality to on-screen host with her upcoming BET television special, “The Angie Martinez Show,” SOHH caught up with the “Voice of New York” to find out what the program will offer.
Controlling the air waves of the Big Apple with her daily radio show on Hot 97, Angie Martinez is ready to give fans across the nation a chance to see her go one-on-one with some of today’s biggest stars like Jay-Z, LL Cool J and Marc Anthony in a very laid back setting.
“It was casual,” Angie told SOHH. “It’s not a big production, it’s not a lot of bells and whistles — it’s just like, interesting talk with interesting people, that’s what we kept saying. It’s that kind of vibe. It’s very comfortable and easy. I like shows like that.”
While keeping the special’s details to a minimum, Ang hinted at a few discussions she had with Jay involving his wife, R&B superstar Beyonce.
“There is some fun, kind of banter about it where I ask him, what happens when there’s kids,” she added. “Like, you can’t hide the kids, like, are the kids gonna be a secret? So there’s kinda like some fun banter about that and it’s really more about his career and how he sees himself, his process in making music, really about what they do more so than any kind of gossipy, kind of, ground breaking segment.”
Modeling the formats of other popular interview programs like James Lipton‘s “Inside the Actors Studio” and Charlie Rose, Ang has no intention of making the special a one-time only event.
“Now we’re all amped and we want to shoot a whole bunch of ‘em,” she revealed. “We’re talking about doing a Christmas special. I’m definitely eyeing Mariah [Carey] and Nick [Cannon]. That’s who I’m really trying to shoot for, for the next one. And I’m a big fan of James Lipton — I just got a call that he would be down to shoot the next one.”
Aiming to break the barrier between hip-hop and other categories, Ang wants to prove the show is equally entertaining regardless of what genre a guest falls under.
“I’m definitely not sticking to hip-hop,” she said. “I think people who are in to hip-hop are into all kinds of things, too. I refuse to believe people are not interested outside their ‘genre.'”
“The Angie Martinez Show” is set to air Monday, November 24 at 11:30 p.m. EST on BET.
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