What Happened to Arsenio Hall?

March 25, 2024

As a comedian, actor, talk show host and writer, Arsenio Hall was one of the most inescapable faces in television. He starred with Eddie Murphy in the classic late '80s comedies "Harlem Nights" and "Coming to America," hosted the MTV Video Music Awards four years in a row, and had his own eponymous late-night vehicle.

But the series came to an abrupt halt in 1994, with many believing it had something to do with the Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan's appearance on the program in 1994. In the end, Hall chose to step away from his career and lean into his personal life more fully. He was a committed father and wanted to focus on raising his son, Arsenio Cheron Hall Jr.

After a few years of laying low, Hall made his way back to the limelight with a competing stint on Donald Trump's Celebrity Apprentice in 2012. Demonstrating he still had the business acumen that helped him rise to the top of the game with The Arsenio Hall Show, Hall beat out celebrity Clay Aiken and his team to win the season.

Since then, the comedian has kept busy in a variety of projects. He's back in the talk show game, albeit temporarily, with a four-night run of The Arsenio Hall Show during Netflix's Is a Joke Festival this month. He also reprised his role as Semmi in the Eddie Murphy sequel to his iconic 1988 movie, Coming 2 America.

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