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Dave Chappelle Says He Always Knew Kanye West Would Be A Star…And The Most Arrogant Rapper Of All Time
Dave Chappelle appeared on the Tonight Show recently and pulled everyone’s cards from Common to Talib Kweli. He also talked about linking Jimmy Fallon to The Roots, being mistaken for a “lost Root” earlier in his career, and the one phone call that proved a then unknown Kanye West was destined for greatness and a long career of feeling himself.
Why are we not surprised that Kanye believed he was star before he was technically a star? I guess he’s living proof of if you believe it you can be it. Dave Chappelle is a fool as always. Peep the comedy below:
And you thought your prom night was filled with struggle…
Today on Twitter, Jimmy Fallon asked people to share the funniest and worst moments from their prom nights and over the years, and boy were the responses filled with foolery. Some people were held at gunpoint by the police, others walked around with their dresses in their drawls for while before anyone told them. They definitely had a night to remember. Jimmy Fallon started the hashtag with this gem:
And that’s not the worst of it…
With David Letterman’s big announcement that he would be retiring sometime next year, everyone is speculating about who could be sitting at the Late Show desk. Some say Stephen Colbert is a front runner. Now that Chelsea Handler is leaving E!, there’s talk of her heading to CBS. And then there are others (us) who are calling for something a little different on late night… like Aisha Tyler.
Entertaining millions of viewers as they chow down on their midnight munchies ain’t cheap! You’ll need a short Mexican sidekick (à la Jimmy Kimmel’s Guillermo and Chelsea Handler’s Chuy), a snazzy band to add a little “ba-dum tch” to your jokes, relevant celebrity guests and don’t forget the whole cast and crew behind-the-scenes.
How much is all of that? Well, prime time talk shows can cost between $1.5 and $2.5 million — a week, according to Los Angeles Times.
Late night house bands — like Jimmy Fallon’s The Roots — get us all to “turn up!” These talented musicians cost the network a cool $1 million a year. On top of this, to avoid all the legal drama, the network must pay rights fees (between $1,500 and $3,000) for any covers the band decides to play.
The writers — the masterminds behind the hosts’ monologues and one-liners — reap between $3,500 and $10,000 a week, depending on seniority. Paying for a producer sets the network back $300,000 annually.
Let’s not forget about the talent bookers. They’re responsible for getting Hollywood’s finest on the show. These crew members earn between $3,000 and $6,000 a week. Though celebrity guests don’t get paid for making appearances per se, the show pays for their flight, hotel, car service, and a stocked-up “green room” — the place where stars hang out before going on stage.
Clearly it takes an army to sustain a late-night program. But hey, talk show hosts get paid a pretty penny to run the ship, according to Business Insider. David Letterman, who’s been a late-night host for 33 years, is the highest paid of ‘em all (excluding cable hosts) with a $20 million salary. The two Jimmys, Fallon and Kimmel, rack up $11 million and $10 million respectively. Craig Ferguson sits on $8 million.
So where does Arsenio Hall fall on the spectrum? The salary for the only black late night host pales in comparison to his rivals with a disappointing $6 million. But he’s not the one with a skimpy pay in the biz — Seth Meyers takes that crown. Meyers, who had his debut on Late Night in February, reportedly earns $3 million.
By now, you’re probably wondering where the heck CBS, NBC, ABC and all the other networks get their spending money to cover all these expenses. Advertising, baby! Commercial spots during prime time programming cost between $50,000 and $80,000, according to The New York Post. If you wanted to shamelessly plug your product on the actual show (aka product placement), that will set you back $100,000 — whew!
Let’s take a look, by the numbers, at how much ad revenue each after-hours show has pocketed:
David Letterman’s Late Show: $179.6 million
The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon: $113.4 million
Jimmy Kimmel Live: $77.3 million
Late Night with Seth Meyers: $53.5 million
Arsenio Hall Show: $26 million
Yes, Arsenio falls flat compared to its competitors when it comes to attracting advertising dollars. He’s even admitted that it’s been “rough” sustaining such a cost-conscious program: “I don’t have the big baller network money,” Hall said. But don’t feel too sorry for him — he’s still got time to prove himself. Hall has been renewed for a whole new second season!
Perhaps next season, we’ll see some better figures — by the numbers — for our “woof” man.
This past Sunday The New York Times published an article about late-night television hosts. Thus far there was a very well-known face missing from the lineup that includes Jimmy Fallon, Chelsea Handler, and Seth Meyers- the incomparable Arsenio Hall. Producers of NBC News also freshly compiled a photo montage of successful late-night hosts, and once more Arsenio’s mug was missing. “If you’re doing a story about late night, all I ask is that you mention me,” Hall kindly asked. Brian Williams ultimately apologized for the slight.
The images of Johnny Carson and David Letterman are synonymous with late-night television. Nevertheless, how can we forget the likes of Arsenio Hall, whose influence from the 80s into the 90s in the entertainment business should not be overlooked? From his flat-top haircut to his signature fist pump in the air coupled with that “Whoo! Whoo!” chant, Arsenio Hall, in the words of journalist Neil Drumming, brought hip-hop to late night.
But is bringing hip-hop to late night television that bad for business? If you look at the flip-side of daytime TV, diversity is all around. Wendy Williams, Steve Harvey, Whoopi and Sherri Shepard of The View, Queen Latifah, Michael Strahan, Cedric the Entertainer, the ladies of The Real, Aisha Tyler and Sheryl Underwood of The Talk, and Carla Hall of The Chew are all representing. The Los Angeles Times even ran two articles in November of last year analyzing the bankability of Black stars on daytime talk show and how different the landscape is for them when the sun goes down. So what are mainstream media giants like NBC and The New York Times trying to tell us by omitting Arsenio Hall’s contributions from their features? Was Hall a victim of human error or something greater?
There’s no excuse for not having more diversity in late-night when there are mega-talented performers such as Mindy Kaling, Lucy Liu, Kerry Washington, Gabrielle Union, Don Cheadle, Nicole Beharie, and Dule Hill lighting up small screens on a weekly basis. Not to mention the brilliant behind-the-scenes storytellers like Shonda Rhimes and the unstoppable duo of Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil. Yet, there is more at stake, according to the head of the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA, Darnell Hunt, who states that “network executives almost always favor white leads for primetime shows” as they look for “the broadest possible appeal.” Appeal equals more butts on couches, which equals higher ratings week after week, which equals more advertising dollars.
The game of television is finicky, as audiences never know which of their favorite shows may get abruptly canceled due to poor ratings. Network television executives are less likely to take a chance on something or someone who is unproven and many times will make hiring decisions based on popularity. There are many good reasons why Mariah Carey was paid $17 million for her stint as a judge on American Idol and the fact that she did bring ratings and prestige to the reality show was one of them.
So, who in “Black Hollywood” can bring esteem and money to television networks in late-night? Should the next historic opportunity arise, this person may have to demonstrate their worth alongside established personalities like Craig Ferguson, Carson Daly, and Stephen Colbert, and wonder if this journalistic oversight isn’t indicative of something else.
Brian Williams took a few minutes on the air last night to apologize to Arsenio Hall (and call out some other mistakes NBC News has made) for a huge oversight in a segment he did about late-night TV hosts.
As everyone no doubt knows at this point, Jimmy Fallon made his debut on Monday as the host of The Tonight Show. The news marks a shift for the 60-year-old show in an effort to attract a hipper, younger audience. In addition, the show has moved back East, setting up shop with The Roots in New York City.
Brian Williams ran a segment on Monday that included an interview with Fallon and a graphic (above) that was meant to illustrate the various hosts who are “slugging it out” in the 11/11:30 pm time slot that Fallon now occupies. Missing from the graphic was Arsenio Hall. Seriously though? Carson Daly?
Arsenio was not happy about the omission and took to his monologue to voice his complaint. The most compelling argument he makes is the one about the much-revered Johnny Carson; he notes that he’s the only late-night host to have survived the competition with Carson. Then he called in Suge Knight for a little muscle and gave out the NBC newsroom phone number so fans could call to express their dismay as well.
Brian Williams offered a mea culpa last night, noting that Arsenio “took them to task,” and that they previously left a state off a map and misspelled “Philadelphia” once. The point is, they make mistakes. Most importantly, he promised it would never happen again.
Kudos to Arsenio for calling attention to his achievement. No sense in being shy.
Jimmy Fallon kicked off the debut of his hosting “The Tonight Show” with a bang. There were all types of celebrities in the building. Robert DeNiro, Tiny Fey, Mariah Carey, Kim Kardashian, Mike Tyson, Lady Gaga and Tracy Morgan to name a few.
But the highlight of the night came when Jimmy Fallon and Will Smith performed a dance duo detailing the evolution of Hip Hop.
Will Smith has roots in Hip Hop and last night we got to see if the 45 year old has still got it. Before their interview, Will and Jimmy did their thing. They did some of our favorites like the Running Man, the Kid ‘N Play and the MC Hammer.
But the party ended when Jimmy started twerking…
Watch the video below.
Check out the next page to see Will talking about being 45 and conquering his fears by sky diving.
Despite our repeated requests for consideration for Aisha Tyler, NBC has announced that Saturday Night Live alum Seth Meyers will be taking over for Jimmy Fallon when he moves to The Tonight Show next year. “No premiere date has been announced, but NBC has said Leno’s exit and Fallon’s debut will coincide with the Winter Olympics coverage in 2014,” says CNN. That would be in February.
You probably recognize Meyers from the SNL “Weekend Update” anchor chair. The 39-year-old has been with that show for 12 years. This also puts him in line to be the next host of The Tonight Show, but there’s a long way to go for that.
Related, Lorne Michaels, the executive producer of SNL will also be behind the scenes at both The Tonight Show and Late Night. Both shows will be in New York now, so there’s more opportunity to sit in on a live audience.
Will you be tuning in?
We’ve been following the late-night saga on NBC, with the final decision coming down last week: Jimmy Fallon will be replacing Jay Leno next year. This is great for people who find Leno unwatchable. But, nonetheless, it’s just another game of musical chairs. A white male who once hosted a show at 12:30 a.m. is now hosting one an hour earlier. SNL‘s Seth Meyer is rumored to be in the running to take that 12:30 slot. And late night will be as lacking in diversity as ever.
Among the suggestions that have been made as an alternative to all of this is Chelsea Handler (who already has a couple of shows on the E! Network), and, our personal suggestion, Aisha Tyler. However, according to the AP, which takes TV to task for this state of affairs, neither woman is in serious contention for a job.
“Women have exhibited an interest in talking for centuries. I’m not sure how it is that no one has seemed to notice,” the article quotes Merrill Markoe, an Emmy award-winning writer who has worked with David Letterman.
The article goes on to blame a reluctance to change in the television industry. But what’s getting neglected by these late-night execs is the fact that late-night viewing habits are already changing. The major networks are now sharing the landscape with cable, where shows like The Daily Show, HGTV programming (a mellow, pre-slumber alternative to the yuk yuks on other stations), and reruns of some of your favorite movies and bygone TV shows are running. It’s always interesting to see your favorite celeb sit down to talk about their new movie. But no one has to tune in to a TV show at 11:30 at night to do so. The Internet has made sure of that.
But on that note, the AP says that the networks have research that shows women prefer to watch a man on late night, “while Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres and Katie Couric are welcome in daytime.” And the majority of people watching these late-night shows are women. It’s the guys who are choosing the alternatives we mentioned.
And in terms of racial diversity, the fact that shows hosted by comedians like George Lopez and Wanda Sykes were cancelled gives the networks the excuse, “Well we tried, but people aren’t interested.”
Just like anything else, you have to keep trying until you find someone who captivates. So TV is going back to the tried-and-true: Arsenio Hall is getting a show in September. But it’s going to be syndicated rather than broadcast on one of the major stations.
So we’re going to — ONCE AGAIN — push for Aisha Tyler. Funny, smart, edgy, she’s just what any station needs.
NBC has finally announced what we already knew: Jay Leno is out as host of The Tonight Show come Spring 2014 and Jimmy Fallon is in. Fallon just closed a new deal with NBC this morning, and Leno followed soon after with his statement on the matter. “Congratulations Jimmy,” CNN quotes him. “I hope you’re as lucky as me and hold on to the job until you’re the old guy. If you need me, I’ll be at the garage.” Leno had been the host for 22 years and topped the ratings. Fears about the 62-year-old host losing a young audience to Jimmy Kimmel on ABC played a role in the change.
Just as exciting, we’ll get to see The Roots an hour earlier! We support that. Moreover, for the New Yorkers, the show is coming back East. So we can just mosey on over to 30 Rock and check it out.
Even though there had been speculation about all of this, it seems like things moved kind of quickly in the end. It was only the other day that we were watching the two do their best West Side Story in a skit that got a lot of pick up.