Tika Sumpter Moves Arsenio to Tears With Whitney Houston Memories (VIDEO)


Former One Life to Live star Tika Sumpter dropped by The Arsenio Hall Show Thursday night to promote her new film Ride Along. The Haves and the Have Nots lead shared a tear-jerking memory of working with the late Whitney Houston on Sparkle. Sumpter recalled:

She played my mother, so that was the most amazing experience ever. That’s probably one of the biggest questions I’m asked is, ‘How was it working with Whitney?’ Whitney was everything. I’d kind of just be siting in a corner quiet and they’d be changing for the setup and she’s like, ‘You okay baby? Who do I need to talk to to make sure you’re alright?’ I’m like, ‘I’m good, I’m good!’ and she’d say, ‘I got you.’ So she was just like a mother, a motherly figure.

Watch Sumpter move Hall to tears below.

Could Meredith Vieira Benefit Most From Katie’s Cancellation?


Disney's pricey two-year experiment with Katie Couric's talk show and its subsequent cancellation has left other syndicated shows fighting for the time slot. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Meredith Vieira's talk show, Meredith, could benefit most from Katie's demise.  

"Most stations already believed [Katie] was not going to return and have made decisions and acquired new product or rescheduled product they already have," says Bill Carroll, vp/director of programing at Katz TV Group. But Carroll notes that it's still unclear what ABC stations, including the network-owned outlets, will put in Katie's place, presenting an opportunity for Vieira and others.


 

ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith Wants Patrick to Choose Robin on General Hospital! (VIDEO)

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Sports journalist Stephen A. Smith isn't trying to feel Dr. Patrick Drake (Jason Thompson) wrestling between his feelings for Nurse Sabrina Santiago (Teresa Castillo) and recently-returned-from-the-dead wife Dr. Robin Scorpio (Kimberly McCullough) on ABC's General Hospital. When it comes to this three-way, Smith is firmly in the Team Robin camp!

The ESPN columnist and radio host weighed in on the soap opera love triangle on a recent episode of The Arsenio Hall Show. Watch the clip below, starting at the 2:50 mark, to see what Smith has to say!
 

 

Queen Latifah and Bethenny Likely to Get Second Seasons; Future of Katie Still in Question


The stars are aligning for freshman talk shows Bethenny and The Queen Latifah Show to be renewed for second seasons. According to Broadcasting & Cable, Bethenny is showing promise in the 25-54 female demographic and The Queen Latifah Show is expected to return. 

The fate Katie is still in question:


The fate of Disney/ ABC’s Katie remains uncertain. Host Katie Couric is unsure whether she wants to return for a third season, and distributor Disney/ABC Television is uncertain whether it can bring the program’s financials into line. Should both of those things happen, Disney/ ABC then has to find new time slots for Katie across the country, considering that many stations already have bought other shows to replace it.

The Talk’s Sharon Osbourne’s on The View: “Go F**k Themselves!”


The Talk's Sharon Osbourne isn't shy about sharing how she really feels about the competition. The former reality TV matriarch appeared on The Arsenio Hall Show, along with her co-hosts Julie ChenAisha Tyler, Sheryl Underwood, and Sara Gilbert.

Hall asked the ladies what made their show different from ABC's The View. While Chen began stating their show doesn't delve into the world of politics, Osbourne jumped in and stated:

Let's cut to the f**king chase! Barbara [Walters]  idolize her, divine. She is super human, I love Barbara Walters. The rest can go f**k themselves!"

Watch Mrs. O let it all hang out after the jump!