Arsenio Hall is one of only a handful of late night talk show hosts to have had a successful career that spans decades. Hall’s stint as a popular talk show host began in the 1990’s, but Hall chose to leave the stage, only to recently return to late night.
With that much success under his belt, one would think that NBC’s Brian Williams would’ve mentioned Hall when discussing the ever changing landscape of late night talk shows. But Williams made no mention of Hall in the segment, which triggered some on-air finger pointing by Hall. Williams must’ve gotten word of Hall’s reaction, because he has since apologized for the omission of Hall in his segment.
On Tuesday night, Hall called out Williams for not including him in a segment on late night talk shows which discussed Conan O’Brien, Chelsea Handler, Craig Ferguson, Jon Stewart, Andy Cohen, Stephen Colbert, David Letterman, Carson Daly, and Jimmy Kimmel.
“Now, on Sunday the New York Times ran a piece about late-night television and showed pictures of all the late-night hosts. Let me show you. Check it out. See if you notice someone missing,” explained Hall, who was not pictured. “But I’m thinking, I’m thinking maybe they don’t have enough room. You know, brown ink is more expensive maybe? You know? And so I just let it go, because you can’t get hung up on this stuff. It’s 2014 and I’m thinking, like just, you know, just let it go. Nobody reads the paper anyway. You know? You know? Papers are passe. And then last night NBC ran this little story.”
“If you’re doing a story about late night, all I ask is that you mention me. You don’t even have to use a photo. You know you don’t even have to use a photo. I know how journalism is these days. Use Samuel Jackson,” joked Hall.
Thursday night Williams acknowledged the omission of both Arsenio Hall and Pete Holmes and apologized for leaving them out.