Arsenio Hall on His Return to Late Night: "Barbara Walters, Are You Hitting On Me?"
Who's your dream guest?
Wow -- you know, the show will air start on 9/9/13, so my dream the night before that will be different than now. But right now Jay-Z and his family would be a way to start.
Any fighting words for the other late night dudes?
Wow, you know, not really. I mean, I want to thank Bill Maher and Jay Leno and Jimmy Fallon. There are so many books and documentaries written about late night wars, but when I decided that I wanted to come back, I can't tell you the good will that I had. Leno put me in the monologue after I won Apprentice to do a joke about doing my new show. Fallon, I came on his show and I talked about my new show. Bill Maher, instead of being on the panel, Bill Maher said, do the top of the show because they need to see how good you still are. That's what Bill said -- Bill Maher! There's no harder human being on the planet.
All these guys were there looking out for me. Barbara Walters called me and said, what do you need from me? I was like, excuse me, are you hitting on me? She was like, whether it's my advice or whether it's sitting in with the girls when I'm not here which she eventually let me do. That kind of goodwill, that's really great
The Arsenio Hall Show debuts September 9 at 11 p.m. on CBS. Woof woof woof!
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