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With a new batch of television talk show hosts set to grace the boob tube this year — shout out to Queen Latifah — we can’t help but long for these old-time fav shows of yesteryear from time to time.
The Richard Bey Show
Before there was the “Jerry Springer Show” we had Richard Bey. For nine seasons, “The Richard Bey Show,” (known in the early days as “9 Broadcast Plaza”) entertained its audience with raunchy, slapstick segments such as the “Miss Big Butt” contest, the “Mr. Puniverse” contest, “Dysfunctional Family Feud” and “Blacks who think O.J. is guilty vs. Whites who think he is innocent.” Despite its success and huge ratings, “The Richard Bey Show” was canceled in December 1996 after a nine-year run.
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You may recognize the face but do you recognize the voice? Some of our favorite actors and actresses have earned a living by doing voice work on the side. Here are 15 celebrities whose voices have starred in animated movies and cartoon shows.
Although he starred in the “Rugrats” television cartoon series, pet dog Spike didn’t actually speak until the 2003 Rugrats Go Wild movie. Best known as John McClane in the hugely popular Die Hard franchise, Willis lent his voice to the lovable dog. This isn’t the first time he’s done voiceover work; Willis voiced baby Mikey in 1989’s Look Who’s Talking, which co-starred John Travolta and Kirstie Alley. A year later he reprised his role in the sequel Look Who’s Talking Too.
It seems as if there is a dichotomy when it comes to the stereotypes of preacher’s kids. Some people think of the goody-goody, almost nauseatingly perfect kids (for example: The Jonas Brothers, who were open about their faith and their purity). While others seem to think of the wildly rebellious kids who would throw wild parties when their parents were gone (example: Katy Perry, kissing girls and liking it and what-not). The reason why I used The Jo-Bros and Katy Perry is because they are indeed preachers’ kids, and seem to fit those stereotypes. After doing some research, I was able to find a few more, let’s see if any of these surprised you.
Arsenio Hall Tells THR He Was Originally Supposed To Be In “Bad Boys,” And That His Talk Show Wasn’t Canceled–He Resigned
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Arsenio Hall decided to set the record straight about his past, including why he claims his famous talk show wasn’t canceled, and explains how he was supposed to play alongside Martin Lawrence in Bad Boys, not Will Smith. I know, I couldn’t imagine him in such a role either.
At one point in the interview, writer Alex Ben Block asks Hall why his show was canceled in ’94, but he was quick to clarify that it wasn’t canceled per se, but that he chose to walk away from it after five years on air–and some lagging ratings. He also elaborated on why he felt the need to step away:
It wasn’t canceled. I resigned. Sure, there was an erosion of the numbers (audience ratings) as shows tend to do in year five or six. You are a little lower this year than last year. But the show never stopped making money, never stopped being profitable for Paramount…I actually thought I needed changes in my life and I need to try other things. I wanted to do things professionally, like stand-up, and try some acting. I felt my whole life needed broadening. I didn’t have a family. Everything I had done was a gamble because I felt if I missed it as some point, I could get back in. I could still walk into a comedy club and make people laugh every night. That’s what I do. And I could be home in the morning to make breakfast and take my kid to school. What I was confused about was that when you go from being on every night to just being a stand-up, your visibility is on a whole different level.
Hall was also asked why he seemingly disappeared off of the face of the planet for years after his time with The Arsenio Hall Show and didn’t jump back into acting like that. He claimed that the business is just not as easy as it looks. And on top of that, he had just made some questionable decisions…like turning down Bad Boys:
It was one of those things I tried to pursue after I left late-night. I wanted to study and take it seriously and not just be the talk show host who is popular so he gets a role. But I wasn’t able to crack that nut the way I wanted. It’s a tough racket. Sometimes I made bad choices. I remember there was a time I decided not to do more stand-up or go on the road. I turned down a movie called Bad Boys where it would have been me and Martin (Lawrence) instead of Will (Smith) and Martin. You look back and say, It wasn’t a bad decision because I’m happy with my life. I’m a daddy or whatever. But then you realize, that’s not where I’m supposed to be. One day you really miss it.
So after taking his stint as a TV host for granted, Hall realized that he wanted to get back in where he fit in. So he’s of course coming back with a revival of The Arsenio Hall Show on CBS this fall. What can we expect from it? And who is he trying to reach this time around?
There’s probably some marketing person saying it’s a party. It’s a spirited show. It is targeted for a younger demographic. The bottom line is yes it’s a party, just as the powers that be will say it is…The audience we had the first time around is about 40 now. From the (research) we have crunched, I think the audience that will embrace the show is an interesting cross-demographic. That guy has kids now. I think they will both watch.
Well all right. Can’t say I will be thirsty to tune in myself, but I’m all about black folks making good money doing what they’re good at. You can check out the full interview, including an explanation of when Hall realized he was going to try to get back on late night television and how that involves Snoop Dogg, if you click over to The Hollywood Reporter.
Getting a role in any movie is a feat in itself, but there have been several actors who have been given the chance to have two or more roles in one movie. For actors this means double duty, but rarely do they seem to mind the extra work involved. Here are 14 actors who have had two roles in the same movie.
From The Grio:
From 1989 to 1994, Arsenio Hall was one of the most popular late night talk show hosts out there. His saucy show had the best guests the black community had to offer, and he was hilarious! Even as a kid I can remember staying up late and doing the signature “Woof woof woof” when the show came on. After being out of the spotlight for so long, Hall returned to television in general earlier this year as a contestant on Celebrity Apprentice, a season in which he would end up winning. The notoriety from his appearance on the show and the fact that he could still bring the funny made execs at CBS want to give him another shot at reliving his talk show host fame from back in the day. The show will debut on Sept. 9 2013, and he’s already released a trailer to get folks excited.
To see the trailer, click over to The Grio, where you can also get more info about Arsenio’s return to late night television.
Oprah Isn’t The Only One: Black Celebs Who Hosted A Talk Show (Some Successfully, Others Not So Much)
Hosting a talk show isn’t a career path that’s for everyone. If you don’t have a catchy personality and if your people skills suck, it’s likely that you won’t be a great talk show host; hence some of the celebs on this list have had a great run in the daytime arena and others not so much. Let’s take a look.
You may have caught Rickey Smiley’s latest entertainment venture, The Rickey Smiley Show, on TVOne, or heard about Terrence J leaving his mainstay, BET’s 106 & Park to pursue other hosting and acting gigs. These celebrities are now coming from behind the mic of their hosting jobs and onto the big screen of television and movies.
Before they were known for the Fast & Furious movie franchise, their upcoming fashion or make-up line or their OWN television network, these 15 celebrities paved their way to stardom as television and radio hosts.
As the star of his own syndicated morning radio show, The Rickey Smiley Morning Show, Rickey Smiley has more to smile about. He is now coming from behind the mic and onto the television screen with the premiere of his TVOne sitcom, The Rickey Smiley Show.
Someone once told me that imitation was the sincerest form of flattery. That was a long time ago, back when I was still wearing overalls and those clear sandals with the glitter on them, but it still rings true. Prime examples are when other cultures tan their skin, lock their hair, wear baggy garb and more. Over the past few decades, some of our favorite white celebrities and public figures have decided to do everything from rap, do black hair, wear grills and array of other very interesting things. A lot of these moments had us laughing more than we thought we would, and because of that, they deserve some recognition. Here’s a few white celebrities having some very “black” moments. And before you get your panties in a knot, these folks were having good, positive fun. Nothing offensive.
Before showcasing ballet skills as the black swan in Black Swan, SNL featured Natalie Portman, Harvard graduate and acclaimed actress, as a fiery and explicit rapper who took turned an innocent interview into a three minute opportunity to endorse drug and alcohol usage, threaten about a dozen people with bodily harm (and to go number two on their face), send love to Eazy-E and reject her fans. Done in good fun, the petite actress’ attempt at gangster (or “gangsta”?) was generally well-received.
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Last month we found out Arsenio Hall has been given another chance to make late-night TV work with a talk show on CBS, and since he’s been on a 17-year hiatus he needs to come out with a bang. That’s likely why he has enormous hopes for a potential first guest: Blue Ivy.
In an interview with Essence.com, the newest Celebrity Apprentice told the site:
“I want Beyoncé’s baby the first night.”
So does everyone else. Since Arsenio’s show isn’t slated to run until 2013, Beyonce and Jay-Z’s daughter should be talking by then. But the chances of her actually appearing on his show—way past her bedtime at that? Slim. Besides, if I had to guess what outlet would get the Blue Ivy exclusive that has yet to happen yet, I’d still hold out for Oprah. Maybe she can do a first chapter special for the little one.
Anywho, Arsenio’s hopes aren’t totally wrapped up in Blue. He says he has other “friends” that can make magic on his late-night couch. And yeah, he still thinks one of them will be Jayonce’s baby.
“Since I’ve been gone 17 years, there’s a generation of kids who didn’t get on the first show,” he said. “I mean I have friends like Usher and Ne-Yo who didn’t get to do it. So, I’m coming back for them. I’m coming back for everybody. And like I said, the first night I’m getting Beyoncé’s baby!”
Good luck with that.
Since Blue Ivy’s probably not going to happen, who do you think should be Arsenio’s first guest next year?
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