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If I was a guy who had never done a talk show before, you could say, 'What's this  show going to be?' But this is going to look like Arsenio took a long hiatus - a long, long hiatus - but I came back, and redid the set...I'm not going to take people from Jay [Leno], from [Jimmy] Kimmel, from Conan [O'Brien]. My audience is going to come from iPads, from radios. It's going to be coming from ...
In 1987, he was the most popular of several rotating guests who replaced Joan Rivers
as host of the fledgling Fox network's new late night talk show, The Late Show
(1986) after Rivers was fired. He later got his own show syndicated by Paramount, The Arsenio Hall Show
(1989). Hall and Rivers are good friends, and Hall had Rivers as a guest on his new show at Paramount.