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Arsenio Hall’s Return to Late Night Scores Big Ratings

Can one of TV's most underrated talk show hosts really stage a comeback after twenty years?

by
Kathy Shaidle

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September 13, 2013 - 3:00 pm
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Arsenio probably didn’t deserve to win Celebrity Apprentice over Clay Aiken (or my man, Adam Carolla, dammit…), but during the show’s run, I noted his strong work ethic, creativity and independence.

(Although I was thrown off by his meltdown over the admittedly irritating Aubrey O’Day.)

(News flash: He’s a touchy celebrity, not to mention just plain human!)

But I’m not just contrarian.

I’m stubborn, too.

I’ve discovered over the years that if I just stand still long enough, other folks eventually catch up to me.

I’m thrilled to see, for instance, that comedian Paul Scheer has been spreading the Arsenio Gospel for some time now, in an albeit wacky way:

(He gets fellow comics like Seth Rogen to reenact famous old Arsenio interviews, which is some real “Rupert Pupkin” stuff right there…)

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Arsenio ... he O.K.
Go for it.
50 weeks ago
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I've always found him annoyingly insincere, and while conducting interviews his manner indicates he couldn't care less about the answers to his questions, he's just waiting (and sometimes not) to pose the next question.

Oh yeah... and Arsenio is starting to look like the mid-point of the climatic Nazi melt-down sequence at the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark. Somebody give that man a box of Krispy Kremes.
50 weeks ago
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I had a liberal wannabee-hipster friend who came into the office once circa 1988 and walked around with his finger in the air. He seemed shocked that I didn't know he was pretending to be Arsenio Hall. I don't think I ever even watched his show.
50 weeks ago
50 weeks ago Link To Comment
Never liked his show. I just don't find him entertaining.
He looks ill, by the way.
50 weeks ago
50 weeks ago Link To Comment
Does he look ill or simply older? I cannot quite decide.
50 weeks ago
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He will come out of the closet as being gay when his ratings start to decline. Lots of rumors among basketball junkies back in the day when he ran around with Magic Johnson and Eddie Murphy.
50 weeks ago
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Arsenio Hall won Celebrity Apprentice over Clay Aiken? See, he really does hate gays! Queer Nation rock on!

/sarc
50 weeks ago
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Given how popular Jay Leno's show has become lately maybe somebody realizes the value of someone who wont butt kiss the more extreme far left PC crowd?
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