In the 20+ years since the cancellation of his once-popular late night talk show, comedian Arsenio Hall has made no secret of his desire to get another show. But a return to top has been an uphill battle, as Hall has struggled to find his place as a TV personality (he briefly hosted a remake of talent competition, Star Search) or as a comedian (he has consistently done stand-up since leaving the on-air spotlight).
Two weeks ago, he won NBC’s “The Celebrity Apprentice”, where Arsenio Hall beat-out over a dozen other celebrities. Now, it seems Hall’s star is finally on the rise again.
According to reports, 3 TV networks — NBC, TBS, and CBS, are interested in offering him a late-night slot.
While talks are ongoing, if Hall accepted a deal from CBS Television,it would re-team him with the company that produced The Arsenio Hall Show from 1989-94.
Though his show was produced by CBS, it aired on Fox. Hall’s engaging, barb-filled interview style was a big hit with viewers, and his musical guests, which were frequently R&B and early ’90s hip-hop acts, were cutting-edge. He provided a platform for a plethora of black celebrities who were being neglected by the major network late night talk shows.
Below, Arsenio’s recent appearance on “The View”:
Below, Arsenio Hall dominated late night TV in 1990: