By Sean Lynch
Arsenio Hall was recently asked about Kanye West’s comments during a recent interview with Power 105.1’s The Breakfast Club. The comedian took a moment to address Ye’s comments, that he was fired from his late night show in 1994 for “turning up too much.” “I can use my voice, but what’ll happen if y’all don’t buy no more albums?” West said during the interview. “Then people are gonna say, ‘He’s like Arsenio Hall. He was turning up too much and now you fired, but when you got money, can’t nobody fire you.”
Addressing the press at last weeks Grammy Award Nomination Concert, Arsenio intertwined comedy and seriousness to get his point across. “As usual, Kanye’s premise confuses the facts. So therefore, everything else had to be thrown out.” The comedian and current late night talk show host told HipHollywood, that Kanye and himself may take each other a “little too seriously,” but at the end of the day, they are just entertainers.
He also would hit the nail on the head while explaining his exit from”The Arsenio Hall Show,” which he claims was not race driven, nor was he fired. I just left my show, the white man didn’t do nothing this time, bruh. Save that for when the White man do, do something. Don’t muddy the waters of racism with my bullsh–, because it was not racism. I just left my show.”
Hall would go on to criticize Kanye’s use of the word slaves in music. “I hate the word ‘slave’ used in songs. The f— outta here. Do you know what that word is?,” said Hall.” Do you know what that word is all about? Nobody can use the word ‘slave’ in pop culture. If you’re in the music business, you shouldn’t f— with that word. Too serious an era. Too serious a problem in America. Do you know what it meant to slaves?”