Well, it's official: 'The Arsenio Hall Show' is getting a second season. The announcement was made by none other than former 'Tonight Show' host Jay Leno, who stopped by a taping of Hall’s syndicated series on Wednesday to congratulate his friend and break the news of the show's renewal.
This surprise visit marked Leno's very first public appearance since exiting NBC's late-night staple, which has now been passed on to Jimmy Fallon.
"We are thrilled that 'Arsenio' will be returning for a second season,” CBSTVD president of sales Joe DiSalvo said in a statement. “We knew Arsenio had a built-in fan base, but he’s also reaching a new generation. This season, 'Arsenio' has been the youngest late-night talk show on broadcast television and has given our station partners a real alternative for their late-night lineups.”
The show — which debuted back in September — is watched by 6.7 million unique viewers weekly and airs on 17 stations, including WPIX in New York City, KTLA in Los Angeles, and WGN in Chicago, which are all owned by Tribune Broadcasting. The median age of Hall’s viewers is 50.1.
Guests this season have included the likes of LL Cool J, Eddie Murphy, Simon Cowell, Zooey Deschanel, Quincy Jones, Nick Cannon, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, George Lopez, Whoopi Goldberg, Leah Remini, and Kevin Hart.
Check out the video of Leno's surprise appearance below: