All People Don’t Think Alike #APDTA
Was the Arsenio Hall show cancelled because of bad ratings or was there something else going on that led to the show’s 2nd death? Unlike other TV interviewers, Arsenio was not well liked because he actually stood for something and brought black leaders and entertainers to mainstream America. In 1994 on the announcement of bringing Minister Farrakhan on the show, Hall was quoted as saying “As always, I feel a strong responsibility to not only use my late-night arena for entertainment, but also as a vehicle to open dialogue as we strive for peace and harmony in America.”
While other TV shows shunned Hip Hop artist, Arsenio embraced these artist and other black national figures, giving them the only place to be interviewed on Late Night Television. Watch the video below from VladTV as Arsenio Hall explains putting Hip-Hop artists on his show eventually paved the way for his career. He says that talking to Russell Simmons about upcoming artists helped switch his focus to going after that segment instead of established artists.
Arsenio also speaks about being the first host to interview rappers, which put him in a category all by himself.
The Last Show Arsenio had before he was cancelled. Peep.
[Farrakhan on Arsenio Hall Pt 1]
Here is the original press release:
HOLLYWOOD, Feb. 7 1994 /PRNewswire/ — Minister Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam, is scheduled to appear on “The Arsenio Hall Show” Friday, Feb. 25 (check local listings). Minister Farrakhan and Arsenio will discuss a vast scope of subjects ranging from the condition of Black America to the recent controversies surrounding the Nation of Islam. “As always, I feel a strong responsibility to not only use my late-night arena for entertainment, but also as a vehicle to open dialogue as we strive for peace and harmony in America,” commented host Arsenio Hall. Also scheduled to perform on the Friday, Feb. 25 show is the popular gospel group, The Kirk Franklin Family, who will bring their soulful singing to Stage 29. Syndicated to more than 160 stations covering 93 percent of all U.S. viewing households, “The Arsenio Hall Show” is produced by Arsenio Hall Communications Ltd., in association with Paramount Domestic Television. The Paramount Television Group is part of the entertainment operation of Paramount Communications Inc