D. L. Hughley

D. L. Hughley



Darryl Lynn "D. L." Hughley (/ˈhjuːɡl/; born March 6, 1963) is an American actor, political commentator and stand-up comedian. He is perhaps best known as the star of the ABC/UPN sitcom The Hughleys, and as one of the four comedians featured in the Spike Lee film The Original Kings of Comedy. Additionally, he has been the host of CNN's D. L. Hughley Breaks the News, a correspondent for The Jay Leno Show on NBC, and a local radio personality and interviewer in New York City.


From 1992 to 1993, Hughley was the original host of ComicView, the stand-up comedy program on BET. In 1998, through 2002, he wrote, produced and starred in the television sitcom series, The Hughleys. During 2005, he released a stand-up comedy album "D.L. Hughley: Notes From The GED Section" [1] and had a short-lived talk show on Comedy Central called Weekends at the D.L.. He is a member of The Original Kings of Comedy, and has also had roles on Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, and on NBC's Scrubs as Turk's brother. He was the host of the 2008 BET Awards. He also attended the funeral of one of his best friends and fellow King of Comedy, Bernie Mac. At the service, he gave a tearful speech during the eulogy.[2]

It was announced in June 2010 that NBC has ordered a game show pilot that Hughley will host entitled Who's Bluffing Who? Also in June 2010, Hughley served as special guest moderator of ABC's "The View" for one day.[3]

Hughley is scheduled to guest-star on TBS' Glory Daze[4] as well as guest host of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.[5]

Hughley is a guest host on the game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire who fills in for Meredith Vieira.

Hughley's first book, I Want You to Shut the Fuck Up: How the Audacity of Dopes Is Ruining America, was published on July 31, 2012 by Crown Archetype Press.[6]


Hughley with Robert De Niro in January 2009.

Hughley was selected to host and write a comedic news-show on CNN which covers global happenings in politics, entertainment, sports and pop culture,[7] titled D. L. Hughley Breaks the News, which aired its premiere episode on Saturday, October 25, 2008 at 10 p.m. EDT on CNN.[8] On March 9, 2009, CNN announced Hughley would be ending the show due to a desire to work in Los Angeles and be closer to his family. He plans to continue his work with CNN as a Los Angeles-based contributor for the network.[9]


Recently, Hughley began a career as an on-air radio personality. On July 20, 2009, The D.L. Hughley Morning Show premiered on WRKS (now WEPN), more popularly known at the time as 98.7 Kiss FM, an urban adult contemporary station in New York City. His co-hosts included former BET news correspondent Jacque Reid.[10] Airing from 6–10 am, the show placed Hughley in direct competition with his fellow "King of Comedy" Steve Harvey, whose nationally-syndicated Steve Harvey Morning Show airs in New York on WBLS (Kiss FM's longtime rival). There were plans to take Hughley's show into syndication as well, but a dispute regarding his salary erupted between Kiss FM's parent company and the potential syndication company. In August 2010, Kiss FM dropped the show from its schedule, and Hughley moved on to other endeavors.[11]

Personal life

Hughley and his wife, LaDonna, have two daughters, Ryan and Tyler, and a son, Kyle.[12] Hughley has discussed his son Kyle's Asperger syndrome on several occasions.[13]


1999 Inspector Gadget Gadgetmobile Voice
2000 The Original Kings of Comedy Himself
2001 The Brothers Derrick West
2003 Inspector Gadget 2 Gadgetmobile Voice/Video
Chasing Papi Rodrigo
Scary Movie 3 John Wilson
2004 Soul Plane Johnny
2005 Shackles Ben Cross
Weekends at the D. L. Host
2006 Cloud 9 Tenspot
The Adventures of Brer Rabbit Brer Fox Voice/Video
2008 Spy School Albert
D. L. Hughley Breaks the News Host
2010 Hawaii Five-0 Skeet Guest star


YearTitleRoleEpisodes and notes
1993 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Keith Guest role
1998–2002 The Hughleys Darryl Hughley Lead actor
2001 The Parkers Darryl Hughley Crossover appearance
2003 Scrubs Kevin Turk Guest star
2006–2007 Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip Simon Stiles Lead Actor
2011 Who Wants to Be a Millionaire Guest host
2012 DL Hughley: The Endangered List DL Hughley Executive producer, Star [14]


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