Donald Trump can take credit for reviving yet another past their prime celebrities career as the latest winner of guilty pleasure Celebrity Apprentice Arsenio Hall looks like he’ll be back on the air after a twenty year absence.
While many though Clay Aiken should have been the winner of this season’s ‘Celebrity Apprentice‘, Arsenio Hall took that honor and is making sure to now lose any momentum to get back on the small screen with a new talkshow. We’ve gotten plenty of calls and e-mails saying that Donald Trump chose him to get him a talkshow on NBC as that would further prove the power of his reality show which has already been renewed for a thirteenth season. While Hall became a household name when his talk show premiered alongside ‘The Simpsons’ in 1989 and these two turned the FOX network into what it’s become today, we’re hearing he’s not feeling any allegiance to the network that cancelled him in 1994 a few months after his controversial Louis Farrakhan interview. He’s been working hard to get back in the business for years to no avail until a well planned out appearance on Donald Trump’s show sped things up.
While it’s been reported that along with NBC, FOX and TBS have expressed interest, but we’re hearing that Hall wants to come back big. Plus he’s got the power of the Donald behind him pushing NBC into the deal. Naturally, don’t be surprised if the Trump name shows up with a Producer type credit if NBC and Hall finally sign on the dotted line. “The bad blood between Arsenio and FOX still exists on his part so don’t expect him back on the network that turned him into a star,” a source over at the network said. “He knows he’ll have the support of Donald Trump at NBC and with his mercurial temper, he’ll need that to deal with the executives who are still a little uneasy about him.”
Hall made sure to acknowledge the Donald during the series finale of Celebrity Apprentice“This show — [Trump] believing in me, NBC believing in me — has kind of allowed me to re-enter [the TV world]” Arsenio said. “The greatest builder in the world has built a bridge I’m going to walk across back into into show business.” NBC and Hall have discussed daytime and nighttime possibilities and naturally, Trump would make sure that exiting contestants on ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ would be making appearances on the show which would likely hit Fall 2012 or early 2013.