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Middle America may not get late-night newcomer Lilly Singh. They can deal with it

LOS ANGELES - When YouTube superstar Lilly Singh decided to join NBC's late-night block - in the sleepless 1:35 a.m. slot previously held by Carson Daly - she kept the secret for months. She didn't tell friends; she didn't tell family. They learned about it, like most people, through the glittery unveiling on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" in mid-March.

"I didn't believe it, and I didn't want to jinx it," says Singh. "I just didn't think it would actually come to fruition. You have to understand, this seemed outside the realm of possibility for me."

Singh, 30, was born in Canada to Indian immigrants and became a digital A-lister - with nearly 15 million subscribers - thanks to her online persona "5/85/8 Superwoman 5/85/8" and funny observational videos, including her take on "Types of Parents" and "How to Be the Perfect Brown Person." Now, mainstream stardom is firmly within the realm of possibility. And she's making history to boot.

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