Last night Donald Trump named Arsenio Hall the winner of “Celebrity Apprentice.” after he won over is friend of American Idol fame, “Clay Aiken” in the finals.
Arsenio Hall was the first African American host of a late night talk show with the “Arsenio Hall Show” which ran from 1989 to 1994. He was also the first late night talk show to bring on rappers and hip-hop artists as performers.
After a few years of high success and ratings, the show began to struggle due to Letterman coming on at CBS. Also, when Arsenio allowed Minister Louis Farakkhan to come on the show and speak for an hour Paramount, the parent company of the show, didn’t like that and ended the show in 1994 after being on the air for 5 years.