Merv Griffin invites a series of actors, actresses, writers, and directors to discuss the progressive work they have done and current culture, arts, and entertainment surrounding the numerous projects.
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Monty Hall hosts this hilarious half-hour gameshow in which audience contestants picked at random, dressed in ridiculous costumes, try to win cash or prizes by choosing curtain number 1, 2 ... See full summary »
The appearance of Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan was highly controversial due to remarks by Farrakhan that many felt were anti-Semitic and homophobic. Protests from Jewish and gay groups pressured Hall to cancel Farrakhan's appearance but Hall adamantly refused. Hall agreed to feature pre-taped segments featuring opposing viewpoints but he did not air any of them. Some affiliates put a disclaimer before the episode warning viewers. The furor over this episode was a major reason why Hall and Paramount decided not to renew his contract. See more »
His show did very well! The network decided to dump it, because in some parts of this 'GREAT' country of ours, some TV stations were not willing to air a show hosted by a black man. Listen people, we've come a long way from those kind of days. **The U.S. has been referred to as a melting pot, because so many people from other countries have been kicked out, or want better for their families and for themselves, so this is where they all came! Those people were our ancestors! Can guess what group of people didn't come here of their own free will? (I'm sure you can!)** Let's face it, the show was hip! And also an eye opener for those of us who watched its original airing. As with all things new, the show did become tiring, but that wasn't Arsenio's fault! -I'm not sure who is to blame, but since he was "in charge", I suppose the blame does fall to him.
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