Allison Janney Brings 'The Jackal' Back to Life on 'The Arsenio Hall Show'


Allison Janney on the arsenio hall show

C.J. Cregg's still got some pretty sweet moves! 'West Wing' fans were in for a special treat during last night's 'The Arsenio Hall Show' when special guest-star Allison Janney reenacted her famous lip-synching performance of Ronny Jordan's 'The Jackal.'

For those of you unfamiliar with the show (and apparently there are quite a few people out there since the crowd was not nearly as excited as they should've been for this), Janney's former character on 'The West Wing,' White House Press Secretary C.J. Cregg, performed this song during the very first season of the series and it was pretty much the best thing ever. It takes a lot to get a White House staff (even a fictional one) to stop and take a break. But they always did for this gem of a performance.

Janney had hinted fans would be treated to this little rendition on Twitter earlier that same day. "Forgot to mention I'm performing #theJackal on @arseniohall tonight," she posted on the social media page. But this wasn't just done at random. This particular performance had been requested by current White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, who is apparently a huge fan of the veteran show.

Fun fact: Aaron Sorkin wrote the famous 'West Wing' scene into C.J.'s script after seeing Janney randomly lip-synch to "The Jackal" during rehearsals. Check out last night's performance here, and Janney in action on 'The West Wing' below. Feel free to refamiliarize yourself with the glory that is Allison Janney.


- Allison Janney
- Arsenio Hall
- The Arsenio Hall Show (2013)
- The West Wing

Written by: Kelly_Schremph
Sep 18th, 2013, 8:23 am

Images courtesy of CBS

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