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At age 32, Clevelannd’s Own Arsenio Hall became the first African American to host a national late night talk show. Two decades later at age 58, after walking away from The Arsenio Hall Show, he’s back on prime time and says even though he’s older in age, he feels younger than ever and it’s because of his son.

“When I was a kid, I watched Johnny Carson and thought, ‘I want his job when I grow up,’” Aresnio shared. “I got my own talk show in 1989. For five years I was doing what I’d always dreamed of, but it was a constant battle — for ratings, against the network. When I left in 1994, it was out of a desire to have more meaningful personal relationships. Becoming a father was one thing I didn’t want to leave the earth without doing.”

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