Skip to comments.NBC’s Brian Williams Apologizes to Arsenio Hall
Posted on 02/20/2014 8:14:17 AM PST by SoFloFreeper
Arsenio Hall is one of the most enduring names in late night history, and so he was more than a little P.O.ed that his name was excluded in an NBC report on the late night wars and Jimmy Fallons ascendancy. Hall called out Brian Williams for his exclusion, and Williams apologized on the air tonight for the oversight.
One key objection of Halls was the following graphic showing nine of the big names in late night that he wasnt included in.
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By the way, wasn't it FOX that was the first network to put a BLACK MAN ON HIS OWN LATE NIGHT TALK SHOW????????
Libertarian talk radio host, the late David Brudnoy used to call him Asskissio :)
That’s right, Arsenio used to do late night. I think I saw him twice back in the 80’s. Things that make you go “hmmmm”.
arsenio is still on the air???
if this list were made back in the 90s, then i can see Arsenio expecting to be on it... but today? i do not think there are a lot of people who even realize that he is hosting a late night talk show again...
he has a show now... again... who knew?
I used to call him Arse Hole.
The man was just trying to keep him down.
Not to put to fine a point on things, but Arsenio’s heyday is long, long, gone. His new/revived show is barely a blip on the ratings charts, and has already undergone some major rewrites/recasts, bad signs for a show that only dates back to September 2013, and was supposed to recapture the glory of 20 years ago.
BTW, Interestingly (or not), there is still the theory floating out there that Hall’s first show was cancelled because of racism. One of Hall’s agents/spokespeople said that right after the show was pulled. The basis of the charge being Hall’s decision to give almost an entire hour to interviewing Louis Farrakhan in 1993.
By the way, wasn’t it FOX that was the first network to put a BLACK MAN ON HIS OWN LATE NIGHT TALK SHOW????????
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Hall been around for awhile —he was Joan Rivers replacement in ‘87 on Fox and got his own Paramount Syndicated show in ‘89..It was on the Hall show that WJC played the Sax (I just looked that up).
Fox gave Wanda Sikes a Late Night Spot when BO first got elected.
One of her opening skit or two lines was
“I gave this guy 20 bucks and I want a return on my investment — NOW!’
‘He better do right, IF he screws up it will be another hundred years before they recognize a black man for anything’.
Or words to that effect....
Did Arsenio apologize for his lame-ass show?
Arsenio Hall to Brian Williams
FWIW, I didn’t know Arsenio Hall had a show, either.
Yep. What was hip and edgy 20 years ago is merely sad today.
I loved Arsenio’s show. He was and remains a very upbeat person. He was great on Celebrity Apprentice a couple of seasons ago, too.
And in terms of comedy gold, little will ever top Dana Carvey’s impression of Arsenio Hall and Johnny Carson intermingled in one person. It was side-splitting.
He sucked back then and he still does.