The rise to fame is exhilarating. Stars are bombarded by fans, photographed by paparazzi, and suited and booted to be red-carpet ready, which all come with the territory of being a celeb. And so does the millions of dollars rolling in for starring in a new blockbuster film or creating a sultry new song. But it’s maintaining fame that proves to be quite difficult for some stars. Ironically, many wash-uped celebrities find their way to quirky reality TV shows that exploit them just to make a quick buck. To you we say, give it a rest. Embrace your has-been, or in some cases, never-should-have-been status. These are the people we’re talking to.
Arsenio Hall is known for his roles in Coming to America and Harlem Nights, but he also had a talk show that was axed in 1994 after five years. Arsenio made a recent cameo appearance on the Dave Chappell show in March 2004, but he also recently filed for bankruptcy, listing $765 in assets and debts in excess of $190,000. That joker-grin and signature finger-wagging can only get you so far.