You know what they say about what comes from the mouths of babes: it can be the bitterest, most brutal truth and it's often quite hilarious and endearing at the same time.
The late '90s and early aughts variety show Kids Say the Darndest Things capitalized on the cuteness of watching kids throw their siblings, friends, and even their parents under the bus on national television, and now ABC is ready to revive the series with an all-new host.
Comedian and actress Tiffany Haddish will serve as both executive producer and host of ABC's new iteration of Kids Say the Darndest Things, the network announced on Tuesday. The show will still be filmed in front of a live audience — how else can all those genuine gasps and guffaws be captured? — but will also feature taped segments from across the country. Those features will include regular gags, like "Kids Rule," with children teaching Haddish about the many laws of life, and "Granny Tiff," wherein a prosthetics-aged Haddish will ask these techno-savvy youngsters to teach her about tablets and such.
In a statement, Haddish said of the news, "I'm excited to hear what the kids have to say these days because I can't understand what they're saying on social media. They're using too many abbreviations." Sounds like the "Granny Tiff" bit might not be too off the mark, then.
Kids Say the Darndest Things originated a regular part of Art Linklater's House Party programs on radio and television from the mid-'40s to the late '60s when the host would interview school children. Decades later, it inspired a 1995 CBS special hosted by now-disgraced comic Bill Cosby, which soon became adapted to a regular series and ran for three seasons.
The new version of Kids Say the Darndest Things will air on Sundays at 8/7c on ABC this fall as part of a three-hour family-friendly block that also features America's Funniest Home Videos and Shark Tank.