Originally Posted by somatoform
A bit before my time, but what exactly was the deal behind Arsenio's boot from Fox? Was he actually good?
Originally Posted by Dakota rube
No. Not even close. His one bright shining moment was when then-candidate Bill Clinton laid down some pretty respectable sax chops on this program. Aside from that, pretty much Meh.
Arsenio Hall started as a fill-in to the failed Joan Rivers talk show Fox aired in the aftermath of the Leno-to-the-Tonight Show decision. Had a devoted (primarily urban) following for a year, mainly because he was able to get guys like Tyson, Murphy (while still funny), Magic Johnson, and others to come by at the drop of a hat. Hall was a good stand-up comedian, but so-so host and bad interviewer, so that eventually did the show in.