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'Arsenio Hall Show' canceled after 1 season

By Lynn Elber

LOS ANGELES (AP) - "The Arsenio Hall Show" has been canceled because of low ratings, ending Hall's late-night comeback bid after a single season.

Hall's bid to recreate the success he enjoyed 20 years ago failed to find a big enough audience in the ever-crowded TV market.

CBS Television Production had previously announced Hall's syndicated show would be back for a second season, but faced the prospect of stations moving it to lesser time slots as ratings fell.

In a statement, Hall said he knew launching the show would be a challenge.

"I'm gratified for the year we've had and proud of the show we created," the actor and comedian added.

The show is in reruns and won't resume production, a show spokesman said. The last original episode aired May 21.

When Hall began his original series in 1989, he was seen as the cool alternative to Johnny Carson and "The Tonight Show" on NBC. Guests including sax playing-presidential candidate Bill Clinton helped push Hall into the spotlight.

By 1994, with increased competition from new "Tonight" host Jay Leno and CBS' David Letterman, Hall's ratings had slipped and the show ended.

When Hall returned last year, he was fighting for attention with even more programs, including ABC's Jimmy Kimmel and the Comedy Central lineup.

The cancellation of Hall's show returns the late-night talk show scene to almost uniformly white male hosts, with a few exceptions such as Tavis Smiley on PBS.

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phil May 30 2014 at 8:00 PM

too ghetto for me

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twofourfive May 30 2014 at 8:00 PM

He sucked 20 years ago and he suck now

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Virginiabass4492 May 30 2014 at 7:30 PM

plus he never was very funny anyway

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gerbersmail Virginiabass4492 May 30 2014 at 9:07 PM

Arsenio hung on to Eddie Murphy's coattails for many years and that is the ONLY reason he had any success at all. He really has no verifiable talent.

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Leon Holston Sr. Virginiabass4492 May 31 2014 at 5:10 PM

he is not as funny as you are.look in the mirror,get a good laugh,einstein.

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dehsulf May 30 2014 at 7:19 PM


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gail May 30 2014 at 10:36 PM

His target audience was black, which make up 25% of our population.
Thsvast majority of his guests were unknown blacks that appealed to no one, obviously. I am surprised his show even lasted for as long as it did.

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kbprosperity May 30 2014 at 7:28 PM

Scandal. Should have left Paul Mooney off the show! The power of the tongue will get you in trouble every time, especially talking about white people in front of their faces! Arsenio is good at attacking white people too. LOLLLLLLL!

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Steve May 31 2014 at 12:08 AM

I prefer watching the algae grow on my fish tank ...

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ira.turner May 30 2014 at 7:27 PM

Thank you Arsenio Hall.
My family and I loved your show and you will be missed.

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fred mosrie May 30 2014 at 7:17 PM

the guy can not keep a show.

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gianni465 May 30 2014 at 7:36 PM

Arsenio - so much potential, a powerhouse performer but at the mercy of ridiculous poor producers and promoters...I loved your original run and your movies, wish you much better luck.

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