The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962–1992)

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

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Opening monologues, sketches, celebrity interviews, and musical performances are commonly featured.

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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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[from his last show - May 22, 1992]
Johnny Carson: And so it has come to this. I am one of the lucky people in the world. I found something that I always wanted to do and I have enjoyed every single minute of it.
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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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Carson and company helped lay the foundation for contemporary topical humor in the US. From '62 to '92, the most significant pitches for movies, books and live appearances on the part of actors, authors, politicians and every other kind of luminary came before America and the world at Carson's desk. This show probably experienced an unrepeatable level of success.


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