Arsenio fulfills his dream with late night return
"I don even know if I can live through that first minute," he said excitedly. "You come out there, back after a billion years, there gonna be all kind of animal noises and people screaming. What do you say? It was a long doggone hiatus But he used a stronger word than "doggone," then burst into laughter.
"Right now I feel like I do when I in the airport."
Even so, do enough viewers know who he is _ or remember him _ to get his new show off the ground?
"When people ask that, I like, Well, NO ONE knew me the FIRST time! I used to joke that people thought Arsenio Hall was a dorm at UCLA. So don I have a better shot THIS time?"
(AP) LOS ANGELES Did fate decree that Arsenio Hall would return to late night after two decades absence?
It was in 1987 that a then unknown Hall, briefly stepping in for Joan Rivers short lived Fox talk show, took flight as the cool, hip alternative to NBC "Tonight Show" titan Johnny Carson.
And he itching to get going.
He also devoted himself to his son, Arsenio Jr., Nike Shoes Red 2018
But by 1994, Hall was facing new competition from "Tonight" host Jay Leno and David Letterman on CBS. With ratings slipping, he announced he was leaving the late night arena, and, gracefully, he did.
"I love being a dad," he said. "When kids got together at Chuck E. Cheese, there were a lot of mothers _ and me."
As part of his strategy to reintroduce himself, Hall became a contestant on "The Celebrity Apprentice" early in 2012 _ and ended up not only gaining the exposure he sought, but also winning the competition.
now 13, whose mother is Hall ex, former manager and down the street neighbor Cheryl Bonacci.
"You know how certain things make you nervous?" he said recently. "I don like to fly, but once I on the plane and we over the Rockies and I watching a movie, I fine.
Besides, talk shows traffic in many of the same guests, Hall observed. Nike Sneakers List
Meeting with a reporter at a rehearsal space in a rawboned section of North Hollywood while his new house band was tuning up, Hall radiated the charm and high energy that made him a hit with viewers so long ago. At 58, he comes across much the same as ever _ lanky, boyish, wide open grin. The biggest difference: his mustache is long gone. "It had too much gray in it," he confided.
But Hall yearned to return to late night. In June Girls Nike Shoes Blue
"I became the black show before because the other shows were really, really not," he said. "But now (ABC late night host Jimmy) Kimmel MUCH blacker than me: He is juiced in to everybody from Kobe (Bryant) to (rapper) Rick Ross."
In the years that followed, he kept a low profile. A sitcom came and went. He hosted "Star Search" for a season. He co starred on a CBS drama "Martial Law" for a couple of years. Did standup.
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What distinguishes one show from the next is its host and how he interacts with those guests.
If so, he answering that comeback call on Sept. 9 with the premiere of "The Arsenio Hall Show" (syndicated; check local listings for time and channel).
"Signs like that," Hall said, "seemed to mean I wasn ready yet."
2012 he announced it was happening.
Then, in January 1989, he debuted with his own syndicated late night show against Carson. He proved a formidable rival with his party atmosphere (the "Dog Pound" audience greeted him with "woofs" and other animal sounds as well as applause) and a wide range of guests, including presidential candidate Bill Clinton (sporting shades and wailing "Heartbreak Hotel" on his sax) and basketball great Magic Johnson shortly after announcing he was HIV positive.
"People say, How did you know when to do it? Several times before I had tried!"
Now he sure he ready, Nike Black Sneakers whatever skeptics may say.
With opening night just around the corner, Hall will be receiving his first guests soon and staking his new claim in late night.
False starts included a meeting with studio bigwigs he skipped because his son was sick. Or the nail in a piece of sushi that broke his tooth the night before an all important guest hosting gig.
"I hear all the long shot talk: This is an impossible thing to do after all this time. The field is so crowded. But I still have to pursue my dream!"
A quarter century ago, he broke the late night color barrier, but in many ways his show was refreshingly color blind. Inclusiveness is his goal again.
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