hopefully he learned his lesson from last time he had a show and remembers that all races of people watch his show.
I'm not sure what you mean. I consider my self "all races" and I didn't have a problem with his earlier show.
i used to watch his show too, until one of his last shows he had Louis Farrakhan ( if i remember the name right) on saying his usual hate mongering of white people on his show. Arsenio was asked by the network to make a apology to the viewers. instead he got on and said he agreed with what he had said. that's why the network pulled his show off.
I think there may be a difference of opinion on that. According to a Slate.com post dated last Tuesday, the Farrakhan interview and its effect on the Arsenio Hall show went a bit more like this:
"Hall’s interviews didn’t always go over quite so well—see his non-interview with a silent Jason Vorhees, e.g. He was also highly criticized for a long interview he did with controversial Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. The interview, in which Farrakhan denied involvement with the assassination of Malcolm X and defended Michael Jackson (then facing his first sexual abuse allegations), took up so much air time that remaining guests were awkwardly squeezed into a few minutes at the end. (The full interview doesn’t appear to be online, though there are clips here and there.)
Farrakhan’s appearance has occasionally been pegged as the moment The Arsenio Hall Show’s fate was sealed: It went off the air three months later. Hall himself has denied this, saying his desire to start a family and explore other career options were the main reasons he left the show. In a recent interview with Wendy Williams, he insisted that, unbeknownst to the public, he had already resigned prior to the interview. And, in any case, the episode came in the midst of lower ratings and lawsuits against a staff writer."
At the time, Howard Rosenberg of the LA Times also expressed a strong opinion about all the ruckus:
But the bottom line is that while the Farrakhan interview might not have been the "reason" the original show was cancelled, it certainly didn't help the situation any. Over the years, I've seen talk show interviews of people I didn't care for and I simply chose to change the channel. In this area, I also try to consider the artist/show in context of their total entertainment value. If I see that Arsenio has booked Farrakhan on his new show, I'll probably get a sample and turn it off if I don't like it. But on balance I enjoyed Arsenio's original show a lot, and found the new offering to be just as entertaining.
To each his or her own, but I continue to recommend the show - regardless of whether anybody "learned his lesson."
it was the reason. his ratings were almost even with the other shows. he was on the way to becoming the most watched late night show. he told the network he would apoligise for having farrakhan on and what he said. the network gave him time to do so. but he got and said he was asked to say he was sorry for what was said on the show and turned around backed up farrakhan's statements. the next day they announced he was being removed from the air. the discussion was not about malcom x that did it. he keep on about white people owing black people for everything. he made it very clear that he was a straight up racist and left nothing to doubt about it.
Jimmy: I suggest you look harder, and don't look for much "political" humor. He had Bill Clinton on his show ("The FIRST black President"), but the shows I saw don't include much ripping of the Republicans like Letterman or the others. If you are looking for that, stick with Maher or better yet watch MSNBC.
gacpl: He was NOT - at the time - on the way to becoming the most watched late night show. His ratings were way down and we had the Leno-Letterman wars going on. My sense at the time was that his "novelty" may have come and gone. As our friends at Wikipedia.org point out:
"Although the show's sharp ratings decline in 1993 was due largely to circumstances beyond Hall's control, Paramount was running out of patience with him by the start of 1994. The final straw came in February 1994, when Hall booked controversial Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan to appear on the show. Despite a press release saying that Hall would have other guests appearing the night of Farrakhan's appearance, Hall instead allowed Farrakhan almost the entire sixty minutes to be interviewed. The scheduled performance of gospel group Kirk Franklin & The Family was relegated to the very end. The backlash from the appearance caused a further ratings drop from which the show never recovered."
So his ratings had been declining for at least a year prior to the Farrakhan fiasco. As to any apologies required, I couldn't find any in my research. If you have a cite, please post it below.
But at any rate, WHY MAKE THIS ABOUT RACE? Is that all we as a collective society can think about - even when it comes to entertainment? That's pretty pathetic - IMHO.
i remember the incident from watching it my self. the wife and i watched it every night it was on. we both liked the show till then. farrakhan's statements were all about race. that's what makes it about race. i also watched when he got on and said the network wanted him to say a apology for what farrakhan said, he said he was sorry that he couldn't because he agreed with what he said.
I understand that Farrakhan is considered by many as an enemy of the United States. But - he is a U.S. citizen, with all the constitutional protections and freedoms this country offers. He also continues to have a following in the black community.
Freedom of speech can be a double-edged sword at times. I would much rather have an "enemy" speaking his mind on national television than holed up with followers plotting some dastardly deeds. Television talk shows have had a history of introducing the unusual, the controversial, and even the shocking into the cultural dialogue. If the network didn't want Farrakhan on the show, they could have told Arsenio or whoever suggested his appearance NO. They didn't, and the result was an event which alienated a segment of Arsenio's remaining audience while he was already on a deep downslide in ratings.
However - IMHO - that's ancient history. He hasn't had Farrakhan on his new show yet. I've watched his show for a week. As I mentioned above, I found it funny and refreshing, while retaining the nostalgic elements that I liked about the earlier show.
I understand that these shows are not for everybody. I NEVER watch Kimmel; seldom watch Letterman anymore; and find Leno occasionally interesting - especially on the nights when they publish the newspaper faux pas (so Courier - WATCH OUT!). I find the return of Arsenio - as have a lot of viewers as indicated by the ratings - to be a welcome addition to the late night talk show inventory. I'm far more interested in his 2013 shows than I am in his 1994 shows. So I guess the bottom line is: To each his or her own.
Nevertheless, I still recommend the show. After all - it's the Arsenio Hall show; not the Louis Farrakhan show.
As an avid devotee of true comedy, and as his name implies, Hall is; I think from a comedic standpoint, the Black comedy incarnation of Hee-haw. Always close....but never brought the boat in; always standing in the loading area or Italian waiting hall to dock his comedic boat.
All hat and no cattle.