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LL Cool J Has A New Job With Jimmy Fallon

January 8th, 2015 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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LL Cool J Earns New Job


The cool man who the ladies love, LL Cool J, has a new job hosting Lip Sync Battle, a new show on Spike TV based on the popular segment on Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the “Doin’ It” rapper will host the 10-episode series and serve as a producer alongside Fallon, John Krasinski from the American version of The Office and Stephen Merchant, the star of Hello Ladies. The show will feature celebrities who lip sync the songs of their choice in the hopes of winning… bragging rights. LL Cool J said of his new job:

“Like the rest of the world, I’m a big fan of these battles, but this show is going to bring it to a whole new level. I’m thrilled to be working with Jimmy Fallon, John Krasinski, Stephen Merchant and the entire team to host the show and can’t wait for the fans at home to join in!”

The show will  begin taping this month in New York City and conclude on April 2; additional information on the participating celebrities will be announced soon.

In case you’re unfamiliar with this seriously hilarious bit, check out one of the early battles between Fallon, Merchant and our newly-married imaginary boyfriend Joseph Gordon Levitt.

Will you be tuning in to watch LL’s new hosting gig?

Rick Ross and K Michelle Perform On Jimmy Fallon

December 13th, 2014 - By Courtney Whitaker
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Rick Ross and K Michelle performed their hit “If they Knew” on Jimmy Fallon Thursday night.

The two performed with the help of The Roots and showed off their chemistry. Rick Ross’ new album Hood Billionaire was released almost two weeks ago and K Michelle’s sophomore album, Anybody Wanna Buy A Heart? was released a few days ago.

The appearance on Fallon is great timing for both musicians. K recently made headlines when she openly discussed her relationship with Idris Elba. The two were an item for some time. The pairing resulted is some amazing music for K. Anybody wanna buy a heart? will apparently move 75-80K in it’s first week.

Congrats to K and check out their performance.

Dave Chappelle Says He Always Knew Kanye West Would Be A Star…And The Most Arrogant Rapper Of All Time

June 14th, 2014 - By Toya Sharee
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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:

Riding In U-Hauls And A Trip To The ER: The Best Responses To Twitter’s #PromFail Hashtag

May 21st, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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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…

Money Made At Midnight! The Business of Late Night Talk Shows… By The Numbers

April 7th, 2014 - By Kimberly Gedeon
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Still of Jimmy Fallon via 'The Tonight Show'; David Letterman, Lady Gaga & Bill Murray via

Still of Jimmy Fallon via ‘The Tonight Show'; David Letterman, Lady Gaga & Bill Murray via Michael Carpenter/; Still from ‘The Arsenio Hall Show’

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:

Ad Revenue

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.

From Day To Night: Why Can’t There Be More Black Late-Night Television Hosts?

February 21st, 2014 - By Candace Smith
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Arsenio demanded an apology for the oversight in Brian Williams' news segment on late-night TV.

Arsenio demanded an apology for the oversight in Brian Williams’ news segment on late-night television.

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 Apologizes For Excluding Arsenio Hall From News Segment About Late-Night Hosts

February 20th, 2014 - By Tonya Garcia
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late night graphicBrian 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.

Crank That! Will Smith And Jimmy Fallon Dance The Evolution Of Hip Hop

February 18th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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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.

J.Cole Woos Us On ‘Late Night With Jimmy Fallon’

May 24th, 2013 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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From StyleBlazer

J.Cole recently hit up Late Night With Jimmy Fallon to perform his single “Power Trip” from his anticipated album Born Sinner And the Grammy nominated artist gave an amazing performance with a style to match!
The rapper donned a leather colorblocked sweater by Clothsurgeon and Kith Mercer Pants. To keep it all the way fresh, he completed his look with a Comme des Garcon belt and Jordan kicks.
J. Cole’s new album hits stores June 18. We hope his sophomore album is as hot as his style!
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No One Listened To Us: Seth Meyers Will Be The New Host Of “Late Night”

May 13th, 2013 - By Tonya Garcia
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(Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

(Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

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?