In November it was revealed The Queen Latifah Show had been canceled after less than two seasons on the air.
The show wrapped up production just before Christmas and her staff was only scheduled to get paid until the end of this week. But the 44-year-old host is taking care of the laid-off employees through the entire holiday season.
Queen Latifah, whose real name is Dana Owens, will make certain her employees will have a Merry Christmas and is paying their salaries with her own money through the holiday season.
A source revealed, “‘I just got word that Latifah is using her own money to pay the show’s crew through the holidays even though production has officially shut down”.
The services of the production staff are no longer required, with original pre-taped episodes of the daytime show continuing to air through March 2015.
The series premiered in September 2013 and featured several high-profile guests including Bill Clinton, Nicole Kidman, and Jennifer Aniston.
It was announced last month that show was getting axed after its second season due to low ratings and the expense.
Speaking about the show being canceled, Latifah previously said, “As I look back on it, I’m in shock at how many people have come on the show, supported the show and all the great things. I’ve been able to spend other people’s money to change people’s lives, which is the best thing to be able to do.”
She adds, “Focus on D-love for a minute and then I’ll come back out swinging. That’s how I do. You know me; I’ve been here for a while and I’m going to keep going.”
Latifah recently finished portraying legendary blues singer Bessie Smith in HBO’s upcoming movie Bessie, which also stars Mike Epps, Tika Sumpter, and Mo’Nique.
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