I knew going in that being a single parent would be one of the toughest jobs I'd ever have. I'd been a talk-show host, actor, comic, and on and on, but this gig was going to be my defining moment.
You go out with a girl you used to date, she looks so damn good, and then at a certain point you say, Boy, now I remember. I know why I left!
I am consumed with the fear of failing. Reaching deep down and finding confidence has made all my dreams come true.
I don't possess a lot of self-confidence. I'm an actor so I simply act confident every time I hit the stage.
I don't know what my life needs but I know I need some balance.
Most people think they KNOW the answer. I am willing to ADMIT I don't even know the question.
If God wanted us high, He would have given us wings.
I call Los Angeles the city of alternatives. If you don't like mountains, we got the ocean. If you don't like Knott's Berry Farm, we've got Disneyland. If you don't like basketball, we've got the Clippers.
My name is Arsenio. That's a very unique name for a black man. In Greek, it means Leroy.
I went to school, majored in theatre, and said 'Mom, I have to choose my own destiny. I want to be an actor.' A couple of weeks after I graduated college I called my mother up and said 'Can I borrow $200?' and she said 'Why don't you act like you've got $200.'
My father was a no-nonsense, dedicated, and focused minister, and there was usually a sermon he needed to prepare for or a Scripture he needed to study, and that always came first.
When you're doing late night you're on the grind every night; you send someone to check on your mom.
The bottom line is I've never had anybody bark at me in a mall with malicious intent. Everybody who barks at the kid from Cleveland is to let him know, "I know who you are." It's always a positive thing.
The way I approach stardom and the show, I'm like a politician. I'm an elected late-night official to do your work.
You never get rid of something that has a positive foundation.
I've never understood what the upside of marriage would be for me personally.
I love being in a relationship, but marriage isn't for me.
At one point in my career, while still hosting 'The Arsenio Hall Show,' I was told by my doctor that it might not be physically possible for me to have children.
I know I did the right thing by taking time off to raise my son. But it also came at a price. I turned down many opportunities over the years because I didn't want to leave him for long periods of time. And in Hollywood, as in any business, the calls stop coming when you don't answer.
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