A Minute With: Singer-producer Cee Lo Green

Wed Jun 15, 2011 10:57am EDT
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By Iain Blair

LOS ANGELES (Reuters Life!) - Thanks to his ubiquitous smash single "F*** You," hit album "The Lady Killer," and successes with Gnarls Barkley, singer-songwriter and rapper Cee Lo Green has already conquered the music business.

Now he's going after television. Not content with his judging role on the new hit TV show "The Voice," he is also hosting his own chat show, "Talking To Strangers," which debuts on June 22 on Fuse, a cable television music channel, and features Kelly Rowland, Train, Keri Hilson and Lupe Fiasco.

Green, 37, recently talked about the new show, his early struggles and why he admires firefighters.

Q: How did your new TV show come about?

A: "The people at Fuse TV have great taste! They came to me and I thought it would be a cool thing to do, and it is."

Q: What can people expect?

A: "You'll be seeing a variety of interviews with other musicians and live performances, which is pretty rare in music TV these days. You don't see full-on performances anymore, but my guests are doing four or five songs. And the way the show is taped, the audience isn't present for all the interviews, so they come in for the performances."

Q: Any surprises so far in doing the show?   Continued...

<p>Cee-Lo Green strokes his chin as he arrives to perform at the embassy of Italy for an MSNBC after-party following the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner in Washington May 1, 2011. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst</p>