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Paula Abdul and Arsenio Hall reunite on his new show

Former '90s stars take a touching trip down memory lane

By Mekeisha Madden Toby Sep 10, 2013 6:05PM

'The Arsenio Hall Show' '/' CBS

Arsenio Hall and Paula Abdul were so cool in the 1990s. Remember that?


Both the former pop star and the late-night jokester tapped into their glories of yore when Abdul made a surprise appearance on "The Arsenio Hall Show" during its Monday night debut. Although Hall, 57, started the segment pretending to discover Abdul's prosthetic butt in a time capsule with Abdul popping up and feigning anger, the bit ended on a touching note. 


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"I just want to tell you, watching back there, there are so many things to be grateful for and at this very moment, I am grateful for you," Abdul, 51, said to Hall. "For your loyal friendship, your amazing, unique talent and your dedication to everything that truly matters. I'm so proud of you. You've done something that no one's ever done before or let alone even tried -- to come back in 20 years and step back into the spotlight."


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Before and after things got touchy-feely, Abdul got in some well-placed digs at her old "American Idol" coworker Simon Cowell and Hall, too. "Now that you're working again, I hope this means you'll be moving out of my pool house," Abdul jokingly said. Hall's first show, which was also syndicated by CBS, aired from 1989 to 1994. Here's the clip:



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"The Arsenio Hall Show" airs weeknights in syndication. Check your local listings.

Sep 11, 2013 8:48AM
i think arsenio gave tupac his first major tv interview
Sep 11, 2013 8:26AM
Arsenio was my favorite talk show, and nothing has topped it since.  I will never forget the time he gave New Kids on the Block the opportunity to dispute the haters who claimed that they could not really sing live and that they heavily relied on recordings during their concerts.  They came onto his show and sang live and without any music (if I remember correctly), and they sounded awesome.  Obviously they had more talent (and not just singing) than most pop singers of their day, looking at the success each has achieved post-NKOTB.  Arsenio has charisma, a unique ability to make his guests feel comfortable, is relatable anybody, and is just darn funny and entertaining.  I would love to see his return to late night kick the **** of The Tonight Show and Late Show with DL.
Sep 11, 2013 7:33AM
I was so glad to see Arsenio last night! I missed Monday but will watch again! Good for Arsenio I am happy for him! :)
Sep 11, 2013 7:27AM
I haven't seen the show yet, but thoroughly enjoyed the old show. This should be good too.
Sep 11, 2013 7:11AM
Good for him! I think the timing is right, he is the perfect age, and there was room for him in that time slot! In other words, "the moon is in the 7th house and Jupiter aligned with Mars"! I wish him the best and hope this lasts for as long as he wants it to! I like all the late night guys, they have their own swag and styles!
Sep 11, 2013 6:31AM
I so enjoyed Arsenio's show and would ensure I was in to watch it every night. One episode that came to mind was the time he invited Diana Ross on (with whom he admitted a huge crush) and she planted a kiss on his lips (full frontal) well he was floored and so was the audience...loved it. I sincerely wish him well.
Sep 11, 2013 6:31AM
My son and I used to fall down laughing when we watched Arsenio sing his version of "Amazing Grace...give me a dollar...I'll follow you home..." Glad to see him back and hope for his success.
Sep 11, 2013 5:25AM

Watched it last night with Ice Cube and Lisa Kudrow as guest. Was impressed and got informed in terms of how it was back in those days in terms of him inviting guess.  He and Cube explained the difficulty of him trying to invite certain guests depending on the guests political and social views.  Quite touchy knowing how it all worked out for the good even though Arsensio was turned down many times by the network he worked for in terms of inviting guests of his choice.  Nice to se that at least in Ice Cube's case anyway no ill feelings was held against Arsenio by Ice Cube because as a result of being turned down Ice Cube went to the studio to give Hall a piece of his mind and ended up running into John Singleton who was an intern at the time for Arsenio.  When Singleton by chance met Ice Cube there at the studio he asked Ice Cube to be in his movie Boys in the Hood and the rest is history.

Lisa Kudrow is and was an interesting guest last night on the show as well.  She just did a wonderful impromptu of her new character on her new show.   Arsenio asked her to respond to question about his teenage son that was thinking about doing a new drug today.  The drug is the new escastysy and called something moody.  She hit it out the park and and I could see Arsenio telling her at the break that she had done an incredible job on that spur of a second request by him.  All in all I hope I can remember to keep watching it each night.  In fact I will set the old dvr and make sure to watch it nightly either live as it happens or later on the old dvr.   Good to have the "Old Boy Back."

Sep 11, 2013 5:01AM
Very happy.....great guy! We need a new face on the TV screen. 20 years can consider him a fresh new face!!!!
Sep 11, 2013 4:24AM
Doesn't look like he's aged a bit!  Loved his show so I hope this one works out for him too.
Sep 11, 2013 4:11AM
The return of the Arsenio Hall show is long in coming.  Enjoyed him back in the 80's. He always had great visitors and the show was always a kick to watch.  Much like Johnny Carson on the tonight show.  Once Johnny retired all the talk shows were just talk shows with nothing special about them.
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