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On 2/11/60, Jack Paar tearfully announced that he was walking out on the show. He told a joke the night before about a "water closet", which is an archaic term for a bathroom. The joke was considered in bad taste by NBC censors and edited from the show. Paar protested the edit by leaving the show during the broadcast. Announcer Hugh Downs had to fill in. Paar returned to the show six weeks later.
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When Jack Paar returned after his six-week protest of the "water-closet" joke being censored, he opened the show by saying, "Now, as I was saying before I was interrupted . . . ".
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This show was videotaped beginning on January 12, 1959.
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This show was broadcast in color beginning on September 19, 1960.
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Johnny Carson was a guest host. After Paar left the show, Carson became the host of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962).
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