Arsenio Hall found it hard to hold back his emotions during a recent interview with Tika Sumpter. The actress, who visited his self-titled talk to promote her new film Ride Along, moved the host to tears after sharing her memories of the late Whitney Houston.
“Whitney was everything,” said Sumpter, who played the R&B diva’s daughter in her last film Sparkle. “You’d be sitting in a corner, and I’d be just kind of quiet, they’d be changing for the set-up and she’s like, ‘You okay, baby? Who do I need to talk to to make sure you’re all right?’ And I’m like, ‘I’m good’ and she’s like, ‘All right, I got you.’ She was just like a mother.”
“Now I’m really missing Whitney,” Arsenio chimed in. “You hit it. You hit those beats so perfectly. She sticks with you, huh?”
Hall, a longtime friend of Houston, said she would have loved to see his revived talk show. “She was a great girl … and she would love that I’m doing this again,” he said, fighting back tears. “She was always a big supporter, good friend.”
“I’m sorry, I didn’t want to make you cry,” said Sumpter.
“It’s this good thing,” Hall replied. “It’s this deep love for her.”
In related Whitney news, the seven-time Grammy Award winner and her cousin, singer Dionne Warwick, joined New Jersey’s Hall of Fame this week. Houston’s mom Cissy accepted the honor on behalf of her daughter, who died of an accidental drowning in 2012.
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25 Reasons We Love The Arsenio Hall Show
1. “Woof, Woof, Woof, Woof, Woof!”
2. The band’s name was “The Posse”
And was powered by jazz drummer, Terri Lynn Carrington
3. Hall interviews “Jason Vorhees” .
as the main character himself from the Friday The 13th series
4. A then-presidential nominee Bill Clinton
playing “Heartbreak Hotel” on the saxophone.
5. Magic Johnson went on The Arsenio Hall Show
for the first time after he announced he was infected with HIV.
6. Minister Louis Farrakhan is a special guest
Hall devotes the entire episode to his appearance.
7. The Michael Jackson episode
8. Tupac Shakur’s guest appearance on the show
Pac opened up about the rape charges brought against him.
9. Calling out Vanilla Ice for badmouthing MC Hammer
“That’s not true!” Hall said. “I have an audiotape!”
10. Jim Henson, creator of The Muppets
…appears alongside his Muppets, a mere two weeks before his death.
11. Hall goes off on members of Queer Nation
after being attacked for never having “gay” guests on his show.