CBS Television Distribution has pulled the plug on “The Arsenio Hall Show”, stating that the show would not return for a second season, according to a report from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The first run of Arsenio’s late-night talk show ended in in 1994. This time the show, which had a wildly popular run in its first go, was met with luke-warm ratings and a smattering of uninteresting guests.
The network had renewed the show for a second season, even sending surprise guest Jay Leno out to give Arsenio the news of the renewal in a February episode of the show, but plummeting ratings caused them to rethink, and kill the show.
CBS made the following statement:
“While there are many loyal fans of the show, the series did not grow its audience enough to continue. 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.”
A gracious Hall said in response to learning of the shows cancellation:
“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. I’d like to thank everyone on my staff for rallying around me and striving to make the best show possible every night.”