Which athlete took an unsuccessful spin as a late-night talk show host in 1998?
Earvin “Magic” Johnson Jr. is an American retired professional basketball player who played point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association for 13 seasons. Wikipedia
Born: August 14, 1959 (age 57), Lansing, Michigan, United States
Height: 2.06 m
Spouse: Earlitha Kelly (m. 1991)
Children: Earvin III Johnson, Elisa Johnson, Andre Johnson
Awards: NBA Most Valuable Player Award, more
Answer: The Magic Hour was a late-night talk show hosted by basketball player Earvin “Magic” Johnson and debuted on June 8th, 1998. Soon after its debut, the series was panned by critics citing Johnson’s apparent nervousness as a host, his overly complimentary tone with his celebrity guests, and lack of chemistry with his sidekick, comedian Craig Shoemaker. The bandleader was percussionist Sheila E., of Prince collaboration fame. She was the first ever female talk show bandleader. The series was canceled after eight weeks.