The Arsenio Hall Show Is Canceled, Three Months After Being Renewed

By NatalieAbrams

May 30, 2014

Arsenio Hall had better find a way to re-cork that champagne. Three months after his syndicated Arsenio Hall Show was renewed for Season 2, the program has now been canceled, according to The Hollywood Reporter.  

The late-night talk show was picked up for a second season in February—an announcement that was made on-air by Jay Leno in his first post-Tonight Show TV appearance. However, the cancellation comes after several station groups, including Tribune Co. and Sinclair Broadcast Group, had downgraded the series from its respective time slots due to declining ratings.

"Unfortunately, The Arsenio Hall Show will not return for a second season; while there are many loyal fans of the show, the series did not grow its audience enough to continue," CBS Television Distribution said in a statement. "Arsenio is a tremendous talent and we'd like to thank him for all the hard work and energy he put into the show. We'd also like to thank Tribune and all our station group partners for their support of the show."

This was Hall's second go-round on the late-night circuit after hosting a show of the same name from 1989 until 1994. "When I started this adventure with CTD and Tribune, we all knew it would be a challenge—I'm gratified for the year we've had and proud of the show we created," Hall said in a statement. "I'd like to thank everyone on my staff for rallying around me and striving to make the best show possible every night."

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  • zimmermanzimmerman12 Aug 21, 2014

    I believe that the networks weren't ready for a night talk show host that was so much more than what the public American viewers were used to . he is real and he is us the people. he wasn't fake or put u[p a façade that the others did or do and I doubt it if th ratings weren't there. I think he was just too risky and they got scared because it only comes down to the pure simple fact "MONEY" and they didn't want to chance it so they cut their losses and totally screwed him over. so sad actually. he was and is a great talk show host, CBS you screwed up bad with this call.

  • lindamcgee988 Aug 12, 2014

    This is not a joke saw you on the view this morning did you really get fired? I that that was a joke do letterman or whom ever is retiring on regular network7 5 2

  • jjreilly3 Jun 02, 2014

    either I didn't pay attention or possibly just didn't care but I didnt even know Arsenio was still around and back on tv oh well bye bye Arsenio

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  • phonzee101 Jun 02, 2014

    It's official 2014 is the year the late night talk shows played musical chairs. It these host changes and cancellations don't make it on the top 100 TV moments of 2014 then something is amiss.

  • Acrobit Jun 01, 2014

    Haven't been too fond of him ever since he broke that Martial Law show with Sammo Hung...and then proceeded to trash it as soon as it was cancelled. Sure, I was about 10, but I thought it was all kinda shitty even back then.

    Without holding a grudge, I thought he still sucked here, only being attentive with certain guests and being wholly ignorant with others. Should've done better homework or hired better interns. As boring as most of these guys seem to be, not everyone can do this.

  • Acrobit Jun 01, 2014

    I also meant to jab at the "Renewed...unless it's not" thing. That's B.S. What, now I gotta worry about Hannibal and Bitten?

    K, I'm done.

  • Caminae Jun 01, 2014

    I would assume it's much harder to un-renew scripted shows, since the networks have to order scripts from writers, renew a lot of actor contracts, have an idea of where it fits into the weekly schedule, etc. It's also basically impossible to cancel a renewal when the show's off air, since you're basically getting no new data since you've made your renewal decision. Talk shows are probably the only thing that's fair game for this sort of thing.

  • Acrobit Jun 02, 2014

    'Probably' is part of the problem, but the feasibility isn't as big as the principle. I guess I could've used a show like Nurse Jackie as an example, where they were renewed for season 7 before season 6 aired. If season 6 had sucked ('s not bad. We know what we're getting by now), by this standard, Showtime could just say "Renewed, but now it's not," and the show could be canned after season 6 for making decisions based on the belief that they had another guaranteed season to tie everything together.

    Anyway, even with a talk show, there are still a ton of employees who make decisions based on their future prospects. "Show's renewed, let's get that car, that house, or that third kid," etc. Even *if* the companies have their little 'Renewed unless it's not' caveats in their contracts now, everyone should know, including us and the staff that write these articles. "Renewed pro tem, reassessed in 3 months," something like that.

  • Writerpatrick Jun 01, 2014

    Late night talk shows are as obsolete as variety shows. There's so much to watch late at night that a talk show just doesn't hold much the same appeal. When Carson had The Tonight Show there just wasn't any other talk shows on, let alone anything aside from a late night movie. Leno and Letterman held an audience that remembered what late night use to be like, but when Letterman leaves it will be the end of an era.

  • saizen33 May 31, 2014

    I tried to watch it but for me he either had guests on that I didn't know or that on one episode, the musical guest was on for like 45 minutes and the others two guests got 5 minutes each. I'd rather see him do movies, too.

  • SweetMissJaye May 31, 2014

    I am a big fan of Arsenio Hall but I'd rather see him come back to movies than do this talk show. There are enough shows about celebrities and I skip those shows too.

  • c07111 May 31, 2014

    He was on the wrong network and most of the time at least for me, I forgot he was on. He should try daytime.

  • wudntulik2know May 31, 2014

    Will you miss The Arsenio Hall Show?

    No, but I'll miss the idea of The Arsenio Hall Show.

    The late night field is now as white and male as Tom Cruise's talentless ass.

    Hope he had built into his renewal contract a clause for him to get five million dollars if they prematurely cancelled him.

  • dofuscato May 31, 2014

    The late night field is now as white and male

    That only bothers you because you are a racist and misandrist.

  • Lefin Jun 01, 2014

    Come again?

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