Michelle Obama Helps ‘Black-ish’ Kick Off Season 8 Premiere With Guest Role

Michelle Obama on Black-ish (Credit: ABC)

Black-ish returned Tuesday for its eighth and final season with a special cameo by Michelle Obama.

According to a preview clip on the show’s official Twitter account, the former first lady plays herself on the episode. In the video, Obama sits at dinner with Rainbow Johnson  (Tracee Ellis Ross) and Andre ‘Dre’ Johnson (Anthony Anderson) at their home before their children walk in to snap selfies. 

“I actually just started a fashion line,” Zoey (Yara Shahidi) tells Obama.

“Oh,” the former first lady responds. “So, if you just want to give me Sasha and Malia’s sizes, I’ll send you some samples,” Zoey says. 

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This is Obama’s second time appearing on a sitcom, after guest starring on an episode of NBC’s Parks and Rec in 2014. 

 In an interview published Monday in WSJ. magazine, Ross said she personally reached out to Obama to see if she would consider appearing on Black-ish.

 “She and I are friends. It was a phone call I made. We got to do really important subject matter that’s mixed in with fun,” Ross said. 

“We had a ball,” she added. “It felt really fun to show off what a well-oiled machine our show is.” 

Season 8 of Black-ish premieres Tuesday (9:30 p.m. ET) on ABC and will also stream on Hulu.