Stephen Colbert gave Queen Latifah a proper royal treatment on Monday night (Oct. 28) when she stopped by The Late Show for the first time, busting out a bottle of champagne to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the rapper’s debut album, 1989’s All Hail the Queen.
He broached protocol, however, when he busted out a plate of zeppoli. “You just don’t do that. You don’t just whip out…zeppolis are like beignets. You don’t just come out your back pocket with a beignet on somebody,” she explained, not wanting to get powdered sugar all over her black jumpsuit.
The new friends took a trip down memory lane, with Latifah reminiscing about what her goals were at 19 when she began her career, how it felt to recently receive Harvard’s W.E.B. Du Bois Award and her warm, loving relationship with poet and civil rights icon Maya Angelou. They also talked about taking on the role of Ursula in Little Mermaid Live! on ABC (Nov. 5), with Colbert asking Latfiah if she was nervous to do it live.
“Well this is live you know… you know the feeling when it’s live. Ahhhh!” she roared, assuring Colbert that she got into this game to perform for an audience. “It’s terrifying, it’s exhilarating, it’s exciting… when you’re live we’re all in this together. It’s not just me. I’m feeding off of them, they’re giving me energy.” She also explained that there will be 500 people in the audience as the movie plays, with Latifah and the rest of the cast going live to sing the songs.
She even busted out an evil Ursula cackle as a preview of what fans can expect when she suits up on Tuesday alongside co-stars Auli’i Cravalho, Shaggy, Graham Phillips and John Stamos.
Watch Latifah on The Late Show below.