Question: What screen siren appeared in Stripes, No Way Out, and Wall Street?
Last Question: Whose 13-week gig replacing late-night host Joan Rivers led to a show of his own 18 months later?
Answer: Arsenio Hall’s
In 1986, The then-new Fox Network launched The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers in order to compete against The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. The new show got off to a decent start. But ratings began to decrease pretty rapidly. Then there were behind-the-scenes problems between Joan Rivers and network executives, which resulted in Rivers being fired in 1987. Soon afterward the program was renamed The Late Show and featured rotating guest hosts including Suzanne Somers, Richard Belzer, and Robert Townsend. Eventually, Arsenio Hall was named the permanent replacement host in mid-1987.
Arsenio was given a 13 week deal to host the show, but could not go past that. Fox was caught off guard by the huge success that Arsenio had with the show. However, they had already cancelled the show, and already had a replacement show, The Wilton North Report, in pre-production and scheduled. Besides, Arsenio was not available after his 13-week stint because he would be filming a little movie called Coming to America.
Here is a clip of the last episode of The Late Show featuring Arsenio Hall:
On January 2, 1989, Arsenio Hall debuted his own syndicated talk show and proved to be immensely popular. The show became known for its audience’s distinctive alternative to applause: chanting “Woo, Woo, Woo!” while pumping and cranking their fists. One of the show’s most popular episodes was when then-Arkansas governor and presidential candidate Bill Clinton, who performed a rendition of Elvis Presley’s “Heartbreak Hotel” on the saxophone during his appearance in June 1992. However, ratings began to drop, and the show was cancelled in 1994.
Here is a 1989 scene that you might like from The Arsenio Hall Show:
Arsenio is on this season’s Celebrity Apprentice with fellow ’80s stars Debbie Gibson and Dee Snider.
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