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Darryl Lynn "D. L." Hughley was born March 6, 1963 and is an American actor 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. He was the host of CNN's D. L. Hughley Breaks the News, a short-lived comedy show. He is currently a correspondent for The Jay Leno Show.
Hughley was born in Los Angeles, California, the son of Audrey and Charles Hughley, who was a Delta Air Lines maintenance worker. He is a former Bloods gang member.Hughley is married with his wife, LaDonna and they have three children: Ryan, Tyler and Kyle.Hughley has discussed his son's asperger syndrome on several occasions.
From 1992 to 1993, Hughley was the original host of ComicView, the stand-up comedy program on BET. During 2005, he 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.
Hughley was selected to host and write a comedic news-show on CNN which covers global happenings in politics, entertainment, sports and pop culture,titled D. L. Hughley Breaks the News, which aired its premiere episode on Saturday, October 25, 2008 at 10 p.m. EDT on CNN.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.According to Dr. Boyce Watkins, a frequent CNN contributor, "DL effectively took the amazing campaign of Senator Barack Obama and turned it into a modern day minstrel show.
Recently, Hughley began a career as an on-air radio personality. On July 20, 2009, The D.L. Hughley Morning Show premiered on WRKS (more popularly known as 98.7 Kiss FM), an urban adult contemporary station in New York City. His co-hosts include former BET news correspondent Jacque Reid.Airing from 6-10 am, the show places 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).