Hall and Milano after the interview goofing it up in the CBS booth @ NATPE 2013 @ Fountainbleu in Miami FL
Beverly Hills, CA and Miami, FL (Hollywood Today
) 9/8/13 - I had the chance to sit down with Arsenio this past January at the NATPE 2013 Market and Conference at the Fountainbleau Hotel in Miami.
“Um, wow I’m a pretty happy guy. I’ve really, really been blessed and by the way the only way you know happiness and blessings is because you’ve experienced the other end of that spectrum,” Arsenio philosophized. “You gotta be away from work to know whether you like work, you know? You gotta be away from it to know how much you love having it.”
One of the original Kings of Late-Night, before Jimmy or Conan, there was Hall. ON air from 1989-1994, It’s been quite a few years since the Arsenio Hall Show graced our living rooms, but on September 9th
, he will return to the late-night landscape.
No matter how long he’s been off the talk show circuit he still gets woofed at wherever he goes.
We’ve seen him battle through Trump’s “Celebrity Apprentice” 5th
season and on a daytime talk show, but he’s been making it known he would like to return to late night.
One of the reasons people love to tune in to Arsenio is his natural curiosity. “I asked Larry King for advice 20 years ago and he said ‘You’re gonna be fine because you’re curious and that’s what it takes. “And everybody has something that makes them different with a guest. And I’m gonna bring my own persona back to it.”
One particular story about why Hall would want to return to television talk I’d heard before but had to have him repeat
Host/executive producer Arsenio Hall speaks onstage during “The Arsenio Hall Show” panel discussion at the CBS, Showtime and The CW portion of the 2013 Summer Television Critics Association tour at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 29, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California.
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for me. After a dinner one evening, his lawyer called to say, “Quincy Jones addressed a Beverly Hills ballroom and brought your name up out of nowhere. A non sequitur about how this business misses the “Arsenio Hall Show” and how he wishes it was still here. I heard about that and it sent me on a mission. You know, God probably just sent Quincy to give me a jump start because I was thinking it too.”
Monday night is the big night – Arsenio officially back on the air. “This is the big difference between last time and this time. I didn’t have one of these (cell phone) in my pocket. I’m a total slave to it.” That’s how the man began his panel at TCA in Beverly Hills this summer in the same ballroom as previously mentioned.
Another difference is that currently we also have the 2 Jimmy’s – Fallon and Kimmel to compete with as well. “I actually was down at the courthouse today. I’m trying to change my name to Jimmy because I think Jimmy Hall would work a lot better.”
Clearly they’re welcoming a little competition. “One thing to that, there are 290 million Americans who don’t watch late night. So there are people out there, and we hope that they can come in. One of the phrases that we keep talking about is “Better late night than ever,” because there are so many opportunities and so many choices,” explained executive producer John Ferriter. “And the good news is Arsenio has done this before, so he knows what the work is that is required to go in and be able to deliver for the audience.”
It’s a whole new era and many things have changed since the last time Arsenio was in our living rooms daily. “I can’t wait to write jokes and do comedy and prepare interviews in this digital world. It’s incredible.”
Hall has a true love for the genre, “being a standup comic and I’m coming back because I love to make people laugh.” And at the end of the day, that’s his goal for his late night return, “at the end of the day, I’m a standup comic. I go out there and I try to get laughs, and whoever comes, you’re happy.