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Arsenio Hall Is Ready To Make Late Night Return

Arsenio Hall Is Ready To Make Late Night Return

At the semiannual Television Critics Association press tour in Los Angeles over the weekend, Arsenio Hall was asked during a PBS panel whether he’d consider making a comeback.

His reply: “I’d have to change my name to Nick Cannon and live with Mariah (Carey)… But I think it’s a perfect time for that personally. Give me a microphone. My son’s 11 and he can drive himself to school. I’m ready to host!

And when pressed to see if he was serious, Arsenio added: “It’s pretty crowded out there. I’m not sure if it’s too crowded for a 55-year-old guy to re-emerge, but if they give me a little daylight I’m gonna slide into it.

Ok, so nothing’s certain, but he’s clearly interested in returning, after 17 years out of the late night talk show spotlight – an exit that I know many felt came a little too soon.

But if he did return, what network would take him, cable or otherwise? Did he already have his moment, and he should forget about a return? I’d imagine, with age, and family, he might have something different to offer to late night, compared to what he brought before.

But he’s right – it’s a crowded market. However, there aren’t exactly many black men or women hosting daily late night shows on major TV networks are there? It’s very much a white man’s space.

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