Host Johnny Carson performs comedy routines and chats with various celebrities.
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Host Johnny Carson performs comedy routines and chats with various celebrities.

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In September 1983, Joan Rivers was officially designated Carson's permanent guest host, a role she had been filling for more than a year. In 1986, she abruptly left for her own show, The Late Show (1986), on the then-new Fox Network. Carson first learned of the show when he saw her press conference on TV. When Rivers called Carson after the announcement, he was so furious at Rivers for failing to tell him personally before the press conference that he refused to take the call. He banned Rivers from his show, canceling her 3 remaining weeks as guest host. Carson never forgave her for leaving, and never spoke to her again. When Rivers sent Carson flowers and a note after his son Ricky died in an accident, Carson sent them back. Rivers later said that she didn't want to tell Carson before the press conference because she was afraid FOX would cancel the deal if word leaked out. Carson said he felt betrayed, not because Rivers dared to compete with him, but because she wasn't honest with him about her intentions and didn't ask for advice and his blessing. See more »

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Karnack: [Holding the envelope to his head] Shogun.
Ed McMahon: Shogun.
Karnack: [Opening envelope] What's the first thing you do when you hold up a liquor store?
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Crazy Credits

Whenever Carson added a skit to an episode, the "Mighty Carson Art Players" would be announced as guest stars. See more »

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Featured in Goodbye, Columbus (1969) See more »

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2 August 2001 | by (United States, California) – See all my reviews

My dad is a Johnny Carson fan himself. He had great guests like Pearl Bailey, Don Rickles, Drew Barrymore, Joey Lawrence, Bob Newhart, And Dolly Parton. I saw an informercial of this program. There was this one time when they were playing Family Feud and the host said name something you find on a farm the contestant answered a well. Ed Mcmahon from Star Search was the announcer. Johnny had a lot of animal guests.


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