'Patti's Pies' Reviewer Lands Cooking Channel Show With Patti LaBelle
It all started with a viral video on the Internet, and now James Wright Chanel has made it to the television screen.
It all started with a viral video on the Internet, and now James Wright Chanel has made it to the television screen. The YouTube sensation, whose star-status increased after his review of Patti LaBelle's delectable sweet potato pies went viral, now has another reason to sing for joy.
The Root reports that Chanel is teaming up with LaBelle for a holiday special program, which will air on the Cooking Channel. The show will premiere on Dec. 16 at 8:30 p.m. on the network, which will probably showcase how to make those infectious sweet potato pies among other dishes.
"He's such a larger than life person himself; he's like my new son," LaBelle said in an interview with People. "It's just a blessing when people come into your life like this and you're not expecting anything." Wondering how Chanel is feeling? Well his sentiments echoes Ms. LaBelle's statement. "When she first called, it was like we'd known each other forever; we talked like we were best friends," he said. "I told her, 'I have to tell my mom that Patti is my new momma too.' I said, 'Patti, you my momma!'"
Chanel recently celebrated Thanksgiving and his birthday with the highly-decorated vocalist, posting videos and images of his time with the "You Are My Friend" artist.
Relive Chanel's epic video that spawned it all below.