Arsenio Hall’s late-night show is canceled -- a surprise move

Arsenio Hall
Arsenio Hall during his opening monologue for his show’s premiere last September.
(Cliff Lipson / CBS Television Distribution)

Arsenio Hall has lost out on his bid to revive his career with a late-night show.

CBS Television Distribution has canceled the syndicated “The Arsenio Hall Show,” less than three months before the series celebrated its one-year anniversary. Tribune Co., which owns the Los Angeles Times, had teamed up with CBS Television Distribution to produce the series, which launched in a competitive late-night arena.

“Unfortunately, ‘The Arsenio Hall Show’ will not return for a second season,” CBS Television Distribution said in a 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 the support of the show.”


Hall said in a statement: “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 each night.”

The series debuted last November. The cancellation came as a surprise, because it was announced in February that the series had been renewed for a second season.

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