*NEW YORK – “Dish Nation,” the nationally syndicated entertainment news program, names Da Brat as co-host on the Atlanta-based team, announced Stephen Brown, EVP of Programming and Development, FOX Television Stations.
Da Brat began guest hosting this summer alongside Rickey Smiley, Headkrack, Gary with da Tea, Rock T, and “The Real Housewives of Atlanta’s,” Porsha Williams.
In making the announcement, Brown stated, “We are very excited to have Da Brat officially join the ‘Dish Nation’ team. Having been a celebrated rap artist for over two decades, Da Brat brings an authentic voice to the world of entertainment news. Once she began guest hosting, we knew right away we had to make her a permanent member of the Dish family.”
Da Brat added, “Since the first day I filled in on ‘Dish Nation,’ it felt comfortable and there was a natural chemistry. The amazingly talented personalities that I’m surrounded by every day make me thrive to be better. I am so grateful that Rickey Smiley gave me the opportunity to do his morning show and ecstatic to be a part of the ‘Dish Nation’ family. I’ve had an incredible career since 1994 and I feel like it’s just the beginning all over again. Thank you ‘Dish Nation’ family!”
Da Brat, born Shawntae Harris, has been a well-known rapper since 1994, when her debut album Funkdafied went platinum and made her the first female solo rapper to sell one million units. Most recently, Da Brat made a guest appearance on FOX’s “Empire” as an inmate from Cookie’s past. In addition to joining “Dish Nation” this season and becoming a permanent co-host on “Rickey Smiley Morning Show,” Da Brat is a regular on the TV One reality show, “Rickey Smiley for Real.” She has done several remixes with both Mariah Carey and Missy Elliott, including, “Always Be My Baby,” “Loverboy,” “Sock It 2 Me,” “Heartbreaker,” and “Honey.” In 2011, she did a remix of the Chris Brown song, “Look At Me Now” featuring Jermaine Dupri. In 2007, she was featured on VH1’s “Celebrity Fit Club” and prior to that, VH1’s “Surreal Life.” Da Brat got her big break in the music business when she won the grand prize in a local rap contest sponsored by Yo! MTV Raps in 1992.
“Dish Nation” is a daily half-hour entertainment news program that features the hottest radio teams from around the country, offering their fresh and outrageous perspectives on breaking celebrity and pop culture news. Each weekday, the talented teams from Atlanta, Dallas, and Los Angeles offer exclusive stories from “Dish Nation” insiders as they report the scoop on celebrity couples, entertainment news, trending pop culture moments and even what happened on your favorite reality shows. In addition, celebrity guests often drop by to share their latest dish and opinions. Produced by FOX Television Stations and distributed by Twentieth Television, Vinny Rutherford serves as “Dish Nation’s” Executive Producer.
“Dish Nation’s” radio teams include Atlanta’s Rickey Smiley Morning Show, heard locally on Atlanta’s WHTA and syndicated in over 60 markets nationwide, headed by Rickey Smiley, with Headkrack, Rock-T, Gary with da Tea, Da Brat, and “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” star, Porsha Williams; The Kidd Kraddick Morning Show, syndicated in over 65 markets and based out of Dallas, Texas, features Kellie Rasberry, Jenna, Big Al Mack and J-Si, and Los Angeles’ Heidi & Frank, also featuring Erik Scott Smith and Sammi Marino, and heard weekdays on KLOS.
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