Comedian Arsenio Hall has signed on to reprise his classic supporting role as “Semmi” in Coming To America 2, according to Deadline.
He will be joining once again with Eddie Murphy who was confirmed for the sequel earlier this year. Arsenio Hall was famous for his talk show that ran between 1989 and 1994 (reboot occurred in 2013-104). He gave a platform for rappers at a time when mainstream outlets wouldn’t.
This week’s #OldSchoolSaturday segment goes out to The Arsenio Hall Show and the many classic moments that helped elevate hip hop into the mainstream in the 1990’s.
Arsenio Hall would also give interviews to WWF (now WWE) superstars and had one of the biggest interviews ever with Hulk Hogan. It was the infamous steroid interview that made waves across America at the time.
Arsenio Hall spoke with Oprah Winfrey about the legacy of his talk show and what it meant to African American media.