Ricki Lake Returns to Talk Show TV

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There was Montel, Jerry Springer, Geraldo, Sally Jessy, Phil Donahue and Oprah — but Ricki Lake always seemed like one of the more sincere (and sane) 1980’s/1990’s hosts of the bunch. She made a successful documentary about childbirth in America — The Business of Being Born — and since her original daytime TV series, that started in 1993, she’s been spending time with family and appearing as a contestant on Dancing with the Stars.

It looks like Ricki will be returning to talk show television next September with The Ricki Lake Show, aimed at the 25-54 demographic. Apparently the show will focus on topics like “parenting, weight loss, heartbreak, and healing” — which means it sounds a little bit more like Oprah. We guess this means no one will be chanting, “Ricki! Ricki! Ricki!” These are dark times.