The Dog Pound is officially back in business.
After a lengthy sabbatical from the spotlight, the man who shifted late-night guest lists from names like Liberace to Prince and President Clinton is returning to the airwaves this fall with a new talk show.
Arsenio Hall has spent the last two years prepping his comeback, showing up all over the tube and even winning “Celebrity Apprentice” in 2012.
“I’ve spent the last 13 years making turkey bacon for my son for breakfast and raising him on my own,” says Hall, who revamped the late-night landscape back in the ’80s and early ’90s. “Let’s face it: I’d become Arsenio Who?”
“The Apprentice” gave the 58-year-old former urban and youth icon a shortcut to reestablishing his name. His new show has been picked up by stations serving 95% of the country, including WPIX/Ch.11.
Not bad for a guy who last signed off when the only Kardashian anyone knew of was doing some legal blocking for O.J. Simpson.
“‘The Apprentice’ was a huge boost for me,” he says. “I had been on a whistle-stop tour filling in for everyone from Piers Morgan to Billy Bush, and been on Leno and Chelsea. I even considered “Dancing With the Stars,” but I’m the only black guy in America that can’t dance.”
So “The Apprentice” gave the wonder from another era a platform to reintroduce himself into the wilds of pop culture. It provided training on handling the backstabbing shark tank that late-night TV has become.
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