Although his highly anticipated new show will not debut until the final quarter of 2013, quite a few Hollywood celebs have been heating up social media sites to praise actor and comedian Arsenio Hall’s announced return to late-night TV.
Moments after CBS ‘woofed’ it had inked a delicious deal to develop a show hosted by Hall, Oscar-winning actress Marlee Matlin (“Children of a Lesser God”) was one of the first of a growing list of notables to jump on Twitter to remind the world who was responsible for opening the coveted late-night interview window for her.
“Mr [Hall] was FIRST to welcome me to late-night TV when no one else would & even paid for the captions himself,” wrote Matlin, in a series of truncated messages. She signed this particular one: “Love, your SWDJB…”
Matlin explained in a subsequent tweet that “SWDJB” stood for “short, white, deaf, Jewish bitch.”
Matlin, who lost her hearing when she was a toddler, first appeared on the 48th episode of The Arsenio Hall Show in 1990. She was invited back four more times during the duration of the popular talk and variety program, which enjoyed a successful run from 1989 to 1994.
George Lopez, who appeared on The Arsenio Hall Show more times than any other comedian, credits Hall for the reason he was able to land not only a late-night show, but one that examined ethnic relations in America, particularly among Mexican Americans.
The Arsenio Hall Show‘s positioning in pop culture was slam-dunked in 1992 when then-presidential candidate and saxophonist Bill Clinton performed his saucy interpretation of “Heartbreak Hotel.”
Taking into consideration the latitude of creativity and freestyle fun Hall’s defunct show had, observers believe the new one will be multi-dimensional and serve as a hotbed for today’s new talent.
In a typo-laden, yet endearing tweet, business magnate Russell Simmons was quick to remind Hall not to refer to his upcoming reappearance on late-night TV a return to a former higher rank because times have changed.
“I know i’m mad late, out here in Israel, @ArsenioOFFICIAL…dont call it a comebackk…much love…cant wait to see you back on,” wrote Simmons.
After The Arsenio Hall Show ended, the jovial entertainer remained in the spotlight by making appearances on both radio and TV, including a short stint hosting the revival of “Star Search.”
The former movie actor, who taped six episodes of the syndicated version of “Deal or No Deal,” was under serious consideration to host the syndicated show, when fellow comedian Howie Mandel came in and snatched the gig for himself.
Many still consider this moment in Hall’s life somewhat of a setback that was compounded by an avalanche of mounting finances.
In 2008, with a then-eight-year-old son to help rear, Hall was forced to start anew by filing for bankrupsty; he listed only $765 in assets against debts nearing $200,000.
Hall’s luck of the draw saw a positive turnaround in 2012 when the performer won the fifth season of The Celebrity Apprentice.
His $250,000 winning purse was donated to the Magic Johnson Foundation to help further advance the charity’s HIV/AIDS and scholarship programs.
After Earvin “Magic” Johnson posted on Twitter his kudos to his friend’s resurgence to the sandman hour, a humbled Hall replied, “Go, Dodgers!”
Hall’s new syndicated late-night talk show will be broadcast on Tribune and CBS-syndicated stations nationwide.
To read what other celebrities have posted publicly, go to Hall’s official Twitter page.