On the Tuesday, December 6 edition of “Tamron Hall,” Tamron started off the show by taking a moment to remember beloved actress Kirstie Alley following the shocking announcement of her passing on Monday evening. Tamron was joined by People Magazine editor in chief, Wendy Naugle, who shared People’s dedicatory cover for Alley and also provided additional information about her passing based on intel from Alley’s family. Naugle told Tamron that it was confirmed that Alley was fighting colon cancer for a short period of time before succumbing to the illness.
Later, Tamron was joined by break-out star of HBO Max’s “Gossip Girl” reboot, Grace Duah, for her very first talk show appearance. Duah shared stories from her rise to the spotlight, like seeing herself on a billboard for the first time and recording audition tapes all night while she was an assistant at “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” Then, Tamron was joined by founder and CEO of Big Dave’s Cheesesteaks and the fiancé and partner of recurring “Tamron Hall” guest Pinky Cole, Derrick Hayes, who discussed his turbulent road to success and how he is now giving back to his community.
Grace Duah discusses seeing herself on a billboard for the first time:
“What happened is, so one of my best friends had texted me at 3pm and I was taking a nap. I normally do not nap like that. I wasn’t being productive that day and they were like ‘Your billboard is in Times Square’ and I saw it at 6:00pm. I took a very long nap. So I texted all my friends I’m like, ‘Can somebody please travel from Brooklyn to Times Square because I need to see this.’ And so my friends dropped what they were doing and then we met in the city and then we did like, ‘we’re gonna go find my billboard!’ and we couldn’t find it for the longest time. Because, I think that’s on 49th and we were on 41st like ‘Well I guess not here!’”