What a year for Ricki Lake! It’s certainly better than last year, where here home burned down. Not only is she kicking butt (and losing weight in the process) on Dancing With The Stars, but it’s just been announced that she’ll have a new show next year called “The Ricky Lake Show“! That’s right folks, Ricki is going to be a talk show host once again for the first time since 2004!

Fox made the announcement, referring to her as “America’s girlfriend” and said that the show would cover topics of interest to 25 to 54 year old women (let’s face it – gay men as well), including parenting, diet, weight and love. The announcement explained, “Ricki is not an expert. She’s not a doctor, therapist or a super homemaker – she’s a working mom trying to figure life out, and inviting her audience along for the ride.” Paul Franklin, general sales manager for Twentieth Television, said “we are thrilled that Ricki will bring daily conversation and her relatable spirit to this impressive group of stations.” The show is set to premiere in September of 2012. For now, check out some old clips from her past talk show. Times have sure changed!

Oh how I miss Ricki Lake’s talk show. The outrageous titles, the set (remember the isolations booths and the silhouettes of the strippers before they came out!), and of course the music. I’ve gathered a few clips of some memorable scenes on the show for you to take a trip down memory lane. Man, life was so different back then! LOL.

“We Are Married But One Of Us Is Gay”

“Religious Homophobia”

“My Family Hates That I’m Gay… Too Bad!