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Arsenio Hall launches Indiegogo campaign to buy the Clippers -- VIDEO

Multiple celebrities have voiced interest in buying the Los Angeles Clippers — but Arsenio Hall is really trying to make it happen.

In April, Clippers owner Donald Sterling came under fire when tapes of him allegedly telling his girlfriend he didn’t want her to bring black people to his games were released. He was subsequently banned from the NBA.

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Michael Emerson makes 'Happy' creepy on 'Arsenio Hall' -- VIDEO

Michael Emerson is happy, guys. Really, really, really happy.

Emerson famously played creepy Benjamin Linus on Lost and now plays an equally intense character on Person of Interest. He went on The Arsenio Hall Show Wednesday night and claimed that he’s not actually like the people he plays on TV — and to prove this, Emerson performed Pharrell Williams’ “Happy.” It’s like that time he read “Little Boy Blue” on Fallon, except this time, he’s also wearing an Arby’s hat.

Emerson didn’t exactly radiate joy in his spoken-word rendition of the song, but he did show off his comedy chops. Watch the performance below:

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How each late night host tackled the Donald Sterling scandal -- VIDEO

Billionaire Donald Sterling made headlines last week when TMZ posted audio recordings of the Los Angeles Clippers owner making racist comments. Specifically, the audio captures Sterling telling his mistress that he doesn’t want her associating with black people in public and asking her not to bring “them” to his games.

Everyone from President Obama to Snoop Dogg have offered their two cents on the controversy — and on Monday night, it was late night’s turn. See what each host had to say about Sterling, including what kind of animal he resembles, below:

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Ginuwine sings 'Pony' on 'Arsenio Hall' -- VIDEO

Here’s your requisite ’90s flashback for the day.

Ginuwine (along with Tank and Tyrese) stopped by The Arsenio Hall Show Tuesday night — and, caving to crowd demand, performed the 1996 hit “Pony” alongside TGT. Come for the memories; stay for the thrilled audience members’ dance moves when Ginuwine makes his way into the crowd.

Watch below:

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Kanye West and Big Sean join Rick Ross on 'The Arsenio Hall Show' -- VIDEO

Arsenio Hall is really bringing it this week. On Wednesday, the late night host welcomed a Prince takeover. And last night, he brought together Rick Ross, Kanye West, and Big Sean for their first live performance of “Sanctified.”

Hall introduced the surprise performance only by saying that Rick Ross was there with “some very special friends.” Naturally, the audience squealed away when West appeared on stage. Sadly, Big Sean didn’t get the same reaction. Big Sean, living in Kanye’s shadow — just like the rest of us.

“Sanctified” is from Ross’ latest album, Mastermindwhich we learned when Ross wouldn’t stop repeating, “Mastermind is in stores right now!” during the song’s opening bars. Probably not part of the original lyrics — but hey, you’ve gotta get in that self-promotion when you can.

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Brian Williams apologizes to Arsenio Hall -- VIDEO

Late night wars: They aren’t just Jay Leno versus everyone.

Brian Williams — charmingly! — apologized to Arsenio Hall yesterday after leaving him off a picture of all the late night hosts during a segment about Jimmy Fallon on NBC Nightly News.

Hall didn’t take too well to the original snub, pointing it out on his own program earlier this week. Hall brought out Suge Knight — for reasons unexplained — and Knight proceeded to go off-script and jokingly threaten that the snub needed to be correct…or else. Later, Hall reported that NBC switchboards were blowing up with people demanding this grievous wrong be righted.

Williams, of course, made everything right. (Would you expect anything else from the most laid-back serious man on TV?) During yesterday’s NBC Nightly News broadcast, Williams, while also calling out an also-forgotten Pete Holmes, chalked up the omission of Hall’s photo to “being on the air at 4 AM in the morning in Russia,” as well as noting that mistakes are inevitable.

Hall seemed touched by the apology, so this is one late night feud that can finally be put to bed — at least until the next time Hall wants a jolt of publicity. Watch this Arsenio Hall Show clip for a rundown of the past week’s events: READ FULL STORY

Late night hosts say goodbye to Jay Leno -- VIDEO

Thursday night, the late night world said goodbye to Jay Leno as his final episode as host of the Tonight Show aired. Some took the opportunity to get one final Leno joke off their chest (guess who that was?), while others pushed their past issues with Leno aside and offered their congratulations. See what Leno’s peers had to say: READ FULL STORY

'Big Jaw' vs. the World: A history of Jay Leno hate

Fact #1: Jay Leno has been the most popular late night host in America for the majority of the past 19 years.

Fact #2: Comedians, Hollywood insiders, and laypeople alike just love hating on Leno, and have been doing so consistently for over 20 years.

Why? In their minds, the reasons are legion: Because he stole The Tonight Show from Johnny Carson’s rightful heir, David Letterman, way back in the early ’90s. Because he refused to simply retire when NBC tried to replace him with Conan O’Brien in 2009. Because his primetime Jay Leno Show tanked, sinking Conan’s Tonight Show before it had even really begun — and eventually forcing Conan to leave NBC for good. And most of all, because they say his jokes are broad, pandering, and eminently unfunny — which is a shame particularly because once upon a time, Leno had a reputation for being one of standup’s sharpest and edgiest comedians.

So as Leno prepares for his final few Tonight Shows, he finds himself in a unique position: More widely watched than any of his competitors, yet widely reviled by the majority of his peers. How widely, you ask? Let’s take a look back at the most notable jabs, slights, and straight-up insults famous people have aimed at Leno over the years — starting shortly after NBC revealed that he, rather than Letterman, would become Tonight‘s next host. (Insert “Jay takes it on the chin” joke here.)

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Late Night Highlight: Clay Aiken talks 'Duck Dynasty' homophobia controversy -- VIDEO

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Everybody’s got an opinion on Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson, who was suspended from his hit A&E show after making ardently anti-gay comments in a recent GQ interview — including singer Clay Aiken, who famously came out in 2008. And thanks to an appearance on Thursday’s Arsenio, Aiken had a chance to air his Robertson thoughts on national TV.

“Homophobia, all of it’s built out of fear,” the American Idol runner-up told his old Celebrity Apprentice pal Arsenio Hall. “If the person had said something about interracial marriage, or said ‘we need to put all children with disabilities in institutions,’ would we still be saying, ‘well, that’s free speech, we’re okay with that opinion’? And I think the answer is ‘no.’”

(For the record, Robertson did make racist comments in his interview as well, saying that while growing up in pre-Civil-Rights-era Louisiana, “I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person. Not once… They’re singing and happy. I never heard one of them, one black person, say, ‘I tell you what: These doggone white people’ — not a word!… Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say: Were they happy? They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues.”)

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Government shutdown: The best late-night and celeb reactions

Faster than you can say “meme,” the Internet was aflutter with commentary on today’s government shutdown. Ranging from the angry to the silly to the tweetable, here are the best reactions:

The best late-night government roasting (in addition to Stewart and Colbert’s “Rockin’ Government Shutdown Eve“): “Our government may be shutting down in a few hours. So folks, get ready for absolutely no noticeable difference,” Conan O’Brien said on Monday’s Conan. “All this drama is very confusing to all the hookers in D.C. They don’t know whether they have to go to work tomorrow either,” Arsenio Hall said on The Arsenio Hall Show.
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