Arsenio Hall in Talks for New Daytime Talk Show

Published 3 years ago by , Updated July 23rd, 2013 at 10:01 am,

After snatching victory from the hands of Clay Aiken earlier this month on the fifth season of Donald Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice, Arsenio Hall could be poised for a major comeback. Today the news is out that the 56-year-old actor/comedian is in preliminary talks with CBS Television Distribution to launch a syndicated daytime talk show.

Hall’s potential return to the hosting chair, according to The Hollywood Reporter, would reunite him with CBS Television Distribution — the same company that produced his iconic late night talk show in the early 90s (and currently produces Dr. Phil, The Doctors, and an upcoming daytime talk show from Survivor host Jeff Probst).

For those of us a bit too young to remember those fistpumping days of the original Arsenio Hall Show – the Emmy Award-winning series ran for five years, 1000+ episodes, and experienced widespread success with the young people of the time. Stemming from the surprise popularity of Hall’s thirteen-week run on The Late Show in the late 80s, The Arsenio Hall Show featured a variety of celebrity guests and popular running gags that quickly made the show a breakthrough hit, until increasing tensions with Paramount Domestic Television and declining ratings resulted in the show’s cancellation in 1994.

Since the demise of Arsenio’s eponymous late night show, the Coming to America star hasn’t been idle, having made many television appearances in the years since — including a short-lived 1997 sitcom dubbed Arsenio and regular appearances on The Jay Leno Show. But in a recent interview with the ladies on The View, Arsenio was candid about his desire to return to a more permanent TV spot.

I hosted for Pierce Morgan on CNN, and I was interviewing Cookie Johnson and Magic Johnson,” Hall said. “We were talking about the foundation and Apprentice, and him buying the Dodgers, and there was a moment where it was like seeing an old girlfriend that I loved. I want a talk show again.”

As a fan of Arsenio Hall, I welcome the news of his return to television. That being said, there remains some question about his ability to maintain a daytime talk show. While there’s no word yet on which network will air the show if it’s greenlighted, I wonder if Hall will exhibit the same sort of urban-humor antics that made his 90s show so popular. Also, it’s unlikely that Arsenio will be able to ride the fame coattails of his close friend Eddie Murphy, who frequently appeared on the previous show.

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Bill Clinton’s pre-presidential appearance on ‘The Arsenio Hall Show’

Only time will tell, of course, but if his recent stint on the Celebrity Apprentice is any indication, Arsenio Hall — nearly sixty-years-old — is still a very charismatic character. “Wuff! Wuff! Wuff!” (Sorry, but did you really think we could cover an Arsenio Hall story without doing that?)


We’ll update you on Arsenio Hall’s comeback as it develops.

Source:  The Hollywood Reporter

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  1. Sixty years old??

  2. Woof! Woof! Woof!

  3. I didn’t see anything charismatic about him on Apprentice. He did very little other than swear at a woman he didn’t like, let others do the work for him, and kiss up to Trump. He didn’t deserve to win that show. I don’t understand why any production company would want to start a new show with him. What ever happened to the 18-49 demographic?

  4. Clay got robbed. No way Arsenio won Celebrity Apprentice. He clearly lost the final task, raising only about half as much money for charity as Clay, and he should have made more, considering all of his connections. The fix was in, and now, we know why. Trump and others saw potential to make money off the guy by dusting him off and bringing him back to TV.

  5. After discovering during the finale that the whole season of Celebrity Apprentice was fixed so that Arsenio would win, I hope his talk show never sees the light of day and, if it does, I hope it is cancelled withing weeks due to no one wanting to see his disgusting mug with his lips all squished from his constant Trump ass kissing.

    • I don’t know if I can seriously watch Celebrity Apprentice again, knowing now that merit has nothing to do with the winner. On any objective standard, Arsenio did not win that show, and it was surprising to me that Trump picked him, risking backlash to an obvious fix. As for Arsenio, it would not sit well with me, knowing that I was bettered in the final task by my competitor, but still handpicked the winner…

  6. lol everyone is mad at arsenio. aww =P

    • I’m still surprised that people think “reality TV” is real. There isn’t any “reality” show that’s not fixed. Are people really that gullible?

      • Yup.

      • I believe we all know that, Hiro. I think it was just that, in this particular instance, the fix was so blatant, with little room for debate.

  7. I’ll watch it if it comes back…

  8. I’ll trust you know what a bully is, since you are so adept at name-calling in response to people who disagree with you.

    • Please disregard this comment, as it was a response to another comment that has since been deleted.

  9. I was a fan of Arsenio’s before Celebrity Apprentice started. Although I had not seen him in anything since his talk show ended. Not too sure why you say he was active in the business when other interviewers have questioned him why he disappeared for so long. After his tirade at Aubrey O’Day I am no longer a fan. He is equally as vile as Chris Brown. When are we going to hold men to higher standards in their talk and behaviour towards women? Aubrey was a pain in the neck but there was no excuse for his angry outburst which was much worse then what was shown according to other contestants. I will be boycotting any advertisers and networks that air his show. Also it is reported that Trump will get a producing credit. If that doesn’t prove that CA was fixed for an Arsenio win from the beginning I don’t know what does. Some of the other contestants had that feeling after the first task was completed.

  10. Are we really having people write dissertations on the merits of Arsenio Hall on the Celebrity Apprentice? Now I know why the internet was invented…

  11. People are really upset over who won Celebrity Apprentice? I should start and internet site that takes bets on WWE matches….