‘The Arsenio Hall Show’ Dips In Ratings, Top Exec Steps Down
Well the hype for The Arsenio Hall Show didn’t last very long. Talk-show veteran Arsenio Hall just couldn’t hold the interests of his viewers — even after a stellar first week on the air.
Adding more to Hall’s troubles, Neal Kendall who has handled American Horror Story, Game of Thrones, Dexter and New Girl — all television gold — stepped down as executive producer of The Arsenio Hall Show, Indie Wire reports.
Could it be that both Arsenio and Neal were clashing when it came to the direction of the show? “A source indicated that Kendall’s exit was spurred in an effort to find a better creative fit for the comedian,” Variety says.
For now, Eric Pankowski — lead writer for the WWE — is stepping in as the interim executive producer.
According to Indie Wire, it’s the dip in ratings for the late-night program that “likely prompted this change.”
“It’s just not funny enough (his opening monologue and the numerous skits inserted throughout each show); and also the interviews haven’t been all-that interesting, and I recommended that he reconsider his writing staff or style, and maybe even the show’s overall format,” the site says.
It seems like Paula Patton’s twerking, A$ap Rocky’s performance, an interview with New Girl‘s Max Greenfield, and Billy Ray Cyrus‘ appearance on The Arsenio Hall Show just wasn’t enough to retain his viewers.