Multiple outlets confirm that Melissa McCarthy is to replace Steve Harvey as the host of Little Big Shots.
The takeover will happen once the unscripted talent competition for kids series returns to NBC for its fourth season. Harvey emceed the series for its first three seasons.
“Melissa’s just an incredible performer and incredible comedian,” NBC’s co-chairman of entertainment Paul Telegdy said in a statement. He added that the 48-year-old funny woman “will bring a completely fresh perspective to it. “Melissa is a strong creative force with her own ideas. Changes will be apparent.”
According to Teledgy, the show will also undergo a number of format changes: “Shows always go through an evolution and I know Meredith and the team in our Alternative division will come up with all sorts of fun ways to evolve the creative of the show because we feel that Melissa is a strong creative force with her own ideas about what the show should look like and changes will be apparent.”
The series’ return date has yet to be confirmed.