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Long before Jersey Shore took over the airwaves, TV viewers got their fist-pumping fix from The Arsenio Hall Show. If your "woot woot woot" has gotten a little rusty since the late '90s, it may be time to practice -- because Arsenio Hall is coming back to late-night TV.
Hall, who recently beat out Clay Aiken for the title of Celebrity Apprentice, is developing a new weeknight talk show. The Los Angeles Times reports that the show will be syndicated across multiple stations at 11 p.m., beginning in fall 2013.
"In the end I'm a comic, and nothing fits the talk-show mode like a stand-up comic," Hall, 56, said on Monday. "I know there are a lot of [late night] shows, but I think there's a space for my show."
The original Arsenio Hall Show premiered in 1989, the year after Hall costarred with Eddie Murphy in the hit comedy Coming to America. Murphy became one of Hall's frequent guests, along with other famous pals like MC Hammer. But Hall's show attracted all kinds of talent, including Elizabeth Taylor (seen here doing the Arsenio fist-pump), RuPaul, and most memorably, Bill Clinton, who showed up to play "Heartbreak Hotel" on his saxophone during the 1992 Democratic presidential primary.
Arsenio's show remained on the air until 1994, when he was edged out by rivals like David Letterman and Jay Leno. Of course, those two are still dominating late-night, along with newer talk show celebrities like Jimmy Fallon, Stephen Colbert and Chelsea Handler. Are there enough viewers left to support an Arsenio Hall comeback? If his show is half as fun as it was 20 years ago, we don't think it will be an issue!
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