By Eric D. Graham, BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: January 24, 2010
(BASN) — This mess is worst than the East Coast/West Coast rap rivalry between Tupac and Biggie in the late 90′s. But this time it’s Jay Leno vs Conan O’Brien fighting for late night TV supremacy.
Along with Leno and Conan, late night already has David Letterman, Jimmy Fallon, Craig Ferguson, Jimmy Kimmel, and Carson Daley. But can we get a good Black talk show?
We had Arsenio Hall back in the day, but his show got “too Black” when he invited Louis Farrakhan on the couch. As a result, Magic Johnson tried it.
John Salley tried it. Keenen Ivory Wayans tried it.
Even Sinbad tried to do it as well but none of them were funny enough, serious enough, or good enough to keep our attention. For this reason, HBO tried it with Chris Rock. CNN tried it with comedian D.L. Hughley.
And PBS tried it with Tavis Smiley, which is boring like Charlie Rose.
Now the network executive have given us Wanda Sykes on Fox, George Lopez on TNT and “loud-mouth” Monique on BET!!! But all of these shows lack that “it’ factor.
So with Oprah Winfrey set to retire, Montel Williams already being canceled, and Tyra Banks shutting her show down, who will fulfill our need? I have the answer — Stephen A. Smith.
That’s right. Stephen A. Smith.
Yeah, the smooth talking sports columnist from the Philadelphia Inquirer, who graduated from Winston-Salem State University. That’s right.
Why, Stephen A. Smith, you ask? Because he has that “it” factor.
He is smart, honest and edgy.
And quite frankly, Smith had one of the best nightly talk shows on television called Quite Frankly with Stephen A. Smith which premiered on August 1, 2005 on ESPN2.
Even though, Smith’s show was canceled on January 11, 2007 due to low ratings, I thought the show was great. As a result, I suggest that the executives at BET or TV-one give Steven A. a lucrative contract and produce another sports talk show, because he has “it”.
And I guarantee, the people will watch. But BET, if you can’t afford Steven A. Smith, get BASN’s Editor and Chief Tony McClean.
Now, we are talking. Let’s make a deal.
NOTE: To learn more about The Battle for Late Night Supremacy check out “In the Mind of Bobbee Bee” episode No. 76 published on July 6, 2009.