Why, Jay, we knew you couldn’t stay away!
If you were a talk show host and a newly-retired Jay Leno showed up unannounced in the middle of your monologue, you might be taken aback.
Arsenio Hall sure was.
Interestingly enough, Jay was there to deliver some good news: Arsenio Hall’s revived talk show has been picked up for a second season. In a subsequent statement, Joe Salvo, president of sales for CBS TV Distribution, praised Hall’s comeback to late night and seemed optimistic about a future filled with wisecracks from the funnyguy.
“We are thrilled that Arsenio will be returning for a second season. We knew Arsenio had a built-in fan base, but he’s also reaching a new generation. This season, Arsenio has been the youngest late-night talk show on broadcast television and has given our station partners a real alternative for their late-night lineups.”
In September, the comedian rejoined the late-night landscape nearly 20 years after his original nightly gabfest ended its run on the small screen. Hall’s original show debuted in 1989 and ran for six seasons before he pulled the plug in 1994.
Hall has upped the nostalgia factor in his premiere season, with appearances from ex-girlfriend Paula Abdul, old pals Chris Tucker and Snoop Dogg (who made his first national television appearance on Arsenio in 1993) and Leah Remini.