CBS pulled the plug on the late-night TV show saying, it no longer made financial sense to keep it on the air. Sadly this will be the second time in twenty years, that Arsenio has lost his job. Ironically, Jay Leno just appeared on the show and told Arsenio and his audience to get ready for another season. But, it looks he was wrong.
CBS said in a statement, “While there are many loyal fans of the show, the series did not grow its audience enough to continue. The audience, in total and among young adults, was about the same as for ‘Bethenny,’ Bethenny Frankel’s daytime show, cancelled earlier after one season. And Katie Couric’s show is also ending this year, despite a generally improved ratings for daytime.”
Hip Hop and R&B fans will miss the show the most, as Arsenio Hall always showed love to Urban music artist. Now that he’s on his way out, there will undoubtedly be a void in Urban acts on late-night. However Jimmy Fallon’s ‘Tonight Show’ and the ‘Jimmy Kimmel Show’ do feature more Hip-Hop and R&B than any other late-night programs.
Meanwhile, the 58-year TV veteran took the bad news in stride and in typical Hall fashion, tweeted “I lost my job, and The Clippers, in a 48 hour period. I’m gratified for the year we’ve had and proud of the show we created.”
Hopefully we haven’t seen the end of Arsenio Hall, maybe he’ll return with a new show, movie or project. If that happens, I’ll keep you posted. Here's a look back at some of this years biggest performances.