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Palmer made history as the youngest person with a talk show and introducing the talk show platform to the young adults demographic.

Palmer’s BET talk show, “Just KeKe” premiered last week, and before then, she wanted some advice before the show went to air.

“She was saying it definitely would be a lot of work and to prepare myself for that,” Palmer told PEOPLE. “And that’s definitely true because there are a lot of hours and everything like that, and a lot of talking involved, hence my voice being hoarse.”

Queen Latifah told Palmer to just be herself… just be KeKe.

Palmer added, “and then she said I [should] just be myself – my natural personality. She said I was a natural at it.”

The daytime talk show space continues to get crowded (Tyra Banks most recently announced that she’ll be jumping back into that space via ABC), as Keke Palmer and BET are hoping to strike gold with a new talk show targeting so-called millenials – essentially those in her age group – which Palmer will of course host.

Per the press announcement, “#JUSTKeke” will cover a variety of topics important to her target audience, as you’d expect, and will also include celebrity guests, and more.

“I like to read quotes that touch on how I am feeling. If I am dealing with confusion, I will read quotes about clarity and peace of mind. I started posting these quotes on my Twitter page, and the fans responded so positively! I realized that many of them were dealing with similar issues, and the quotes helped to open up a genuine dialogue between us.”

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