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The Tonight Show Starring Jack Parr 

Tonight Starring Jack Paar (original title)
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Nominated for 6 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »



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Series cast summary:
Hugh Downs ...  Self - Announcer / ... 1,090 episodes, 1957-1962
Jose Melis Jose Melis ...  Self - Bandleader / ... 1,026 episodes, 1957-1962
Jack Paar ...  Self - Host 812 episodes, 1957-1962


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Parr announced he was quitting the show in 1962. Possible successors had been rumored before because Parr was so often close to quitting. Johnny Carson's name would always come up because he had so smoothly filled in during occasional assignments as guest host. After a short winnowing process that included a tryout performance in which Carson's stand-up act electrified an audience of advertising executives at the Greenbrier resort in Virginia, NBC had a clear choice. Carson had already turned down the job once fearing following a figure of national fascination like Parr amounted to professional suicide. Carson did accept the job when NBC came back a second time, but a contract with ABC committed him to "Who Do You Trust" for 26 more weeks. NBC was willing to wait: the network was sure it had the right man. See more »


Jack Paar: [Jack Paar's last words as host of The Tonight Show, calling to his dog sitting in the audience] Come on, Lika... we're going home.
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My part of The Tonight Show
28 August 2018 | by bobbydias-324-562762See all my reviews

I was a guest host 126 times. I also had a half-hour all to myself with the 6,000 people in the audience for 707 shows in Burbank. I had an average of 34.1 million watching on tv, the two highest was the times Louis Armstrong sang a song- Hello Dolly and What A Wonderful World, 46.5 million and 47.4 million respectively. I was offered a 10 year contract to replace Jack Paar but I needed the time to run the Peace Corps, which I did run for a total of 32 years. Johnny Carson called me one day to tell me all the episodes I appeared on were destroyed by him.

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Release Date:

29 July 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Jack Paar Show See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

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Black and White (1957-1960)| Color (1960-1962)

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1.33 : 1
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