Arsenio Hall has a net worth of $30 million and is a well-known comedian, talk show presenter, television personality, actor, writer, and producer.
Arsenio Hall’s net worth has been accumulated via his years of performing in both television and movies, as well as through real estate investments.
He is best known as the host of the 1990s talk program “The Arsenio Hall Show,” which was relaunched and re-aired from 2013 to 2014.
Arsenio Hall’s Early Life
Arsenio Hall was born in Cleveland, Ohio on February 12, 1956. Fred, his father, was a Baptist clergyman. His mother’s name is Annie Hall, after the film character.
Arsenio liked magic as a child and used to do magic performances for his parents and friends. He graduated from Warrensville Heights High School in Ohio in 1973. In Kent, Ohio, Arsenio Hall attended Kent State University.
The Career of Arsenio Hall
In 1984, he was hired as Alan Thicke’s announcer/sidekick on his short-lived chat program “Thicke of the Night.” His big break came in 1988 when he co-starred with Eddie Murphy in “Coming to America.”
Hall’s path to hosting his own talk show began when he took over as temporary host of “The Late Program,” a late-night discussion show produced by Fox to compete with “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.” The late comic Joan Rivers appeared on the show at first, but due to poor ratings, she was sacked.
Hall’s stint as an interim host was so successful that he gained a cult following. “The Late Show” was terminated by Fox in 1988, but “The Arsenio Hall Show” premiered as a nationally syndicated show on January 2, 1989.
The concert was a big hit, especially among the younger generation. Hall (and his act) became famous for his version of applauding, which had the audience yelling “Roo, Roo, Roo!” while pumping their fists.
This isn’t Hall’s invention; it’s the Cleveland Browns’ “Dawg Pound” chant in the east end zone. “Roo, Roo, Roo” by Hall became a nightly routine as well as a pop-culture emblem.
Hall’s show was also noteworthy for being where then-Presidential candidate Bill Clinton performed his saxophone. The final edition of “The Arsenio Hall Show” aired on May 27, 1994.
After Magic Johnson disclosed that he was HIV positive during the run of “The Arsenio Hall Show,” Hall utilized his celebrity to educate people about HIV/AIDS. Hall and Magic Johnson made a public service announcement on cancer in the early 1990s.
Since the termination of “The Arsenio Hall Show,” he’s been on a number of talk shows. Hall has also been a voice actor. He hosted the reboot of “Star Search” from 2003 to 2004.
Hall was on the fifth season of “The Celebrity Apprentice” in 2012. He was fighting for a $250,000 reward presented to the winner of “The Celebrity Apprentice” for the Magic Johnson Foundation. Hall was declared the champion at the live season finale.
In 2013, “The Arsenio Hall Show” was resurrected for 20th-century listeners. Due to low ratings, it was terminated after one season.
Arsenio and Eddie Murphy’s much-anticipated sequel to “Coming to America” was announced in August 2019.
Arsenio Hall’s Private Life
Arsenio Jr., his son with longtime girlfriend Cheryl Bonacci, was born in 1998. After Jay Leno was made host of “The Tonight Show,” Hall developed a feud with him throughout his first tenure of “The Arsenio Hall Show.” In terms of ratings, Hall stated that he would “kick Jay’s ass.”
After “The Arsenio Hall Show” ended in 1994, Hall faded from public view for several years. Then, in 1997, he went online and saw reports about his checking into Betty Ford for recovery. “I know Arsenio better than anybody else and he’s not in detox, you fools,” Hall responded to those remarks using a fictitious identity.
In 2016, Hall sued singer Sinéad O’Connor for $5 million in defamation after she alleged that Arsenio was to blame for Prince’s drug addiction.
O’Connor also claimed that Hall poisoned her drink at an Eddie Murphy party. Hall dismissed his complaint after O’Connor apologized and recanted her claim regarding Hall and Prince’s drug problem.
During the 2020 epidemic, Arsenio Hall spent his time at home reading and tweeting. He tweeted on June 15: “I’m sure some of you are weary of the #coronavirus nonsense! However, the garbage is still attempting to make us sick.
Distance yourself, put on that mask, listen to En Vogue singing “never going to get it,” and wash your hands OFTEN, for 20 seconds. Oh, and one more thing… #BlackLivesMatter.”
Real Estate Investments
Real estate has been one of Arsenio’s most successful professional decisions. He spent $3.5 million in 1990 on a spectacular hillside mansion in Topanga, California.
The huge property was once advertised for $10 million in the late 1980s. Arsenio purchased it in a down market for what is now considered a deal.
His estate spans more than 30 acres and is located in a secluded part of the Santa Monica Mountains. It includes a 10,000-square-foot home designed to seem like a massive spacecraft.
The grounds include a mini-golf course, tennis courts, a pond, a basketball court with 360-degree views of Los Angeles, and much more. Arsenio’s Topanga compound/estate might be worth $20 million or more to the right buyer in the appropriate market.
Arsenio spent $5.2 million for a property in Tarzana, California, in October 2021. Sean Murray, an actor, was the buyer.
Arsenio Hall’s Net Worth
Arsenio Hall is a comedian, talk show presenter, television personality, actor, writer, and producer with a net worth of $30 million. In 1988, Hall was paid $900,000 for his role in Coming to America.