Jennifer Hudson reflects on two decades of success, new season of talk show

In the two decades since her departure from “American Idol,” Jennifer Hudson has soared to extraordinary heights in her dynamic career. The second season of “The Jennifer Hudson Show” has been a smashing success, guaranteeing a third season renewal earlier this year. 

Reflecting on her journey from her “American Idol” days, Hudson shares her enduring enthusiasm. “I’m just as passionate now as I was starting out,” she commented on “CBS Mornings” this past Monday. “After getting voted off ‘American Idol,’ I realized that I still had my gift. And with dedication, that talent has to pay off.”

Hudson’s gifted artistry has earned her the prestigious EGOT status, an achievement marked by winning Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony awards. The accolades don’t stop there; her show has garnered four Daytime Emmy nods, an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Talk Series, and a GLAAD Excellence in Media Award.

The upcoming third season will feature an exciting series with country star Chris Stapleton. “I relish the opportunity to merge my hosting duties with musical collaborations. Chris Stapleton is someone I hold in high regard,” Hudson expressed eagerly.

Off-stage, Hudson has ventured into a new realm of acting with a part in “Breathe,” a stark post-cataclysmic thriller. At 42, she embraces the challenge, participating in her premiere action movie and performing some of her stunts.

Meanwhile, Hudson balances her professional triumphs with motherhood. Her son David warmed her heart with a surprise Mother’s Day letter, leaving her in tears. “It was incredibly touching. I couldn’t get through it without crying,” she shared.

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