D. L. Hughley

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D. L. Hughley
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Hughley at the 72nd Peabody award, May 2013.
Darryl Lynn Hughley

(1963-03-06) March 6, 1963 (age 55)
ResidenceCalabasas, California, U.S.
OccupationActor, political commentator, radio host, author, stand-up comedian
Years active1991–present
LaDonna Hughley (m. 1986)

Darryl Lynn "D. L." Hughley (/ˈhjuːɡl/; born March 6, 1963) is an American actor, political commentator, radio host, author and stand-up comedian. Hughley is best known as the original host of BET's ComicView from 1992-1993, the eponymous character on the ABC/UPN sitcom The Hughleys and performed in 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. In early 2013, D.L. Hughley landed in 9th place on Dancing with the Stars.

Early life[edit]

Hughley was born in Los Angeles, California, the son of Audrey and Charles Hughley, who was a Delta Air Lines maintenance worker. During his troubled teenage years, Hughley was a member of the Bloods and was expelled from high school before turning his back on gang life, getting his GED, and obtaining employment with The Los Angeles Times.[1]


From 1992 to 1993, Hughley was the original host of ComicView, the stand-up comedy program on BET. From 1998 to 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" [2] 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. In 2008, he was the host of the 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.[3]

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.[4]

Hughley is scheduled to guest-star on TBS's Glory Daze[5] as well as guest host of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.[6] Hughley has filled in for Meredith Vieira as a guest host on the game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.

Hughley's first book, I Want You to Shut the F#ck Up: How the Audacity of Dopes Is Ruining America, with contributions from Michael Malice, was published on July 31, 2012 by Crown Archetype Press.[7]

Hughley was a contestant on Season 16 of Dancing with the Stars. He was partnered with two-time champion Cheryl Burke.[8]

Hughley's second book, Black Man, White House: An Oral History of the Obama Years, was published on June 6, 2017 by William Morrow.[9]

Hughley's latest book, How Not to Get Shot: And Other Advice From White People with contributions from Doug Moe was published on June 26, 2018 by William Morrow.[10]


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,[11] titled D. L. Hughley Breaks the News, which aired its premiere episode on Saturday, October 25, 2008 at 10 p.m. EDT on CNN.[12] 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.[13]


Hughley also has 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.[14] 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.[15]

On August 12, 2013, REACH Media, the syndicator founded by Tom Joyner, announced it had finalized a deal with D.L. to host a new nationally syndicated afternoon drive show, The D.L. Hughley Show, distributed by Cumulus Media Networks.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Hughley and his wife, LaDonna, have two daughters, Ryan and Tyler, and a son, Kyle.[17] Hughley has discussed his son's Asperger syndrome on several occasions.[18]

On November 10, 2017, Hughley gave an interview on Angela Yee's Lipservice podcast in which he described having an affair early in his marriage and career. His mistress had become pregnant and had a son; the infant was shaken to death by his mother's boyfriend.[19]



Year Title Role Notes
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
2007 D.L. Hughley: Unapologetic Host Comedy Special
2008 D. L. Hughley Breaks the News
Spy School Albert
2012 D.L. Hughley: Reset Host Comedy Special
2018 D.L. Hughley: Contrarian


Year Title Role Notes
1992 One Night Stand Himself Comedy Special
1993 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Keith Guest role
1994 HBO Comedy Half-Hour Himself Comedy Special
1997 Sister, Sister Darryl Hughley Episode: "Slime Party"
1998–2002 The Hughleys Darryl Hughley Lead role
2001 The Parkers Darryl Hughley Crossover appearance
2003 Scrubs Kevin Turk Guest star
Premium Blend Himself Host
2006–2007 Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip Simon Stiles Lead role
2010 Hawaii Five-0 Skeet Guest star
2011 Who Wants to Be a Millionaire Guest host
2012 DL Hughley: The Endangered List DL Hughley Executive producer, Star,[20] won a Peabody Award[21]
2013 Dancing with the Stars Himself Contestant
Trust Me, I'm a Game Show Host Himself Co-host
2016 Heartbeat Dr. Hackett
Match Game Himself Panelist
2017 The Comedy Get Down Himself
2018– The Fix Himself Team Captain


  1. ^ "D.L. Hughley Biography". The Biography.com website. A&E Television Networks. Retrieved 2016-07-28.
  2. ^ COMEDY CENTRAL® RECORDS RELEASES "D.L. HUGHLEY: NOTES FROM THE GED SECTION" CD HITTING STORES TUESDAY, JUNE 21 Archived 2011-07-08 at the Wayback Machine.. Comedycentral.com (2005-06-13). Retrieved on 2013-01-01.[dead link]
  3. ^ Thousands Attend Service to Celebrate Life of Bernie Mac Archived 2009-07-10 at the Wayback Machine. Chicago Defender
  4. ^ "NBC Orders Game Show Pilot Hosted by D. L. Hughley". TVGuide.com. Archived from the original on 2010-06-12.
  5. ^ "Exclusive: D.L. Hughley, Gina Gershon Enroll in TBS's Glory Daze". TVGuide.com. Retrieved October 26, 2010.
  6. ^ "Exclusive: D.L. Hughley to guest host Millionaire". Facebook.com. Retrieved November 13, 2010.
  7. ^ D.L. Hughley and Michael Malice (2012) I Want You to Shut the F#ck Up: How the Audacity of Dopes Is Ruining America, Crown Archetype ISBN 0307986233.
  8. ^ "Dorothy Hamill and Andy Dick among 'Dancing' stars". New York Post. Retrieved 26 February 2013.
  9. ^ D.L. Hughley (2017) Black Man, White House: An Oral History of the Obama Years, William Morrow ISBN 9780062399809.
  10. ^ D.L. Hughley and Doug Moe (2018) How Not to Get Shot: And Other Advice From White People, William Morrow ISBN 9780062698544.
  11. ^ "D.L. Hughley Tapped to Host CNN Show". TV Guide. 2007-10-15. Retrieved 2008-10-15.
  12. ^ "Comedian D.L. Hughley to host CNN show". CNN. 2008-10-15. Retrieved 2008-10-15.
  13. ^ D. L. Hughley regrets end of 'D. L. Hughley Breaks the News'[permanent dead link] New York Daily News
  14. ^ Hinckley, David (2009-07-15). "D.L. Hughley to host morning show on New York's Kiss-FM radio". New York Daily News. Retrieved 2009-07-20.
  15. ^ "D.L. Hughley Morning Show officially off WRKS New York". Radio-Info.com. 2010-08-18. Archived from the original on 2010-08-22. Retrieved 2010-08-31.
  16. ^ Lance Venta (2013-08-26). "RadioInsight — D.L. Hughley To Host Syndicated Afternoon Show". Radioinsight.com. Retrieved 2013-10-23.
  17. ^ D.L. Hughley: Biography. Tvguide.com. Retrieved on 2013-01-01.
  18. ^ Hughley Discusses Blagojevich and Burris With Congressman Bobby Rush. Transcripts.cnn.com (2009-01-10). Retrieved on 2013-01-01.
  19. ^ "D.L. Hughley Opens Up About Losing A Child Conceived During An Affair".
  20. ^ Comedy Central Premieres DL HUGHLEY: THE ENDANGERED LIST Today, 10/27 – BWWComedyWorld.com. Comedy.broadwayworld.com (2012-10-27). Retrieved on 2013-01-01.
  21. ^ 72nd Annual Peabody Awards, May 2013.

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