This show was a late-night talk show under the "Tonight Show" franchise from 1962 to 1992.The King, CEO and night watchman of TV comedy, Johnny Carson reigned as Host for nearly 30 years. Every current late-night comedy host learned from him: how to win over audiences, establish a show's pace, charm or confront guests.
Last Episode30x120 Show #4531 Aired: May. 22, 1992
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- Johnny Carson hosted the Photoplay Magazine Gold Medal Awards on the Tonight Show, and later that night there was a party for the winners - including John Wayne - at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
- In September 1983, Joan Rivers was officially designated Carson's permanent guest host, a role she had been essentially filling for more than a year before then. In 1986, she abruptly left…
[show]In September 1983, Joan Rivers was officially designated Carson's permanent guest host, a role she had been essentially filling for more than a year before then. In 1986, she abruptly left for her own show, "The Late Show" (1986), on the then new Fox Network. Carson first learned of her show when watching her press conference on TV. She called Carson after the announcement and he was furious at Rivers for failing to inform him personally before the press conference, but he refused to take the call. Carson was so infuriated that he banned Rivers from his show, canceling even the three weeks of guest hosting she was scheduled to. Carson never forgave her for leaving, and never spoke to her again, even after she wrote him a note following the accidental death of Carson's son Ricky. Rivers stated that she didn't want to tell Carson before the announcement was made because she was afraid FOX would cancel the deal if word leaked out. She maintains that she handled things the right way by not telling Carson of her plans ahead of time. However, Carson stated that he felt betrayed by Rivers not because she dared to compete with him, but because she was not honest with him beforehand about her intentions and did not ask him for advice and his blessing. The Tonight Show reverted to various guest hosts after Joan left, with Jay Leno the most frequent. Leno then became the exclusive guest host in the fall of 1987, a position he held for the remainder of Carson's reign.
- When 'The (1962 Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson') first aired, virtually everyone - including Johnny Carson - smoked on-camera during the show. Over the years, however, smoking on…
[show]When 'The (1962 Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson') first aired, virtually everyone - including Johnny Carson - smoked on-camera during the show. Over the years, however, smoking on television became unfashionable. By the mid-80s, smoking openly on television was a thing of the past, but Carson's sentimental cigarette box remained on his desk until his final broadcast.