14 Facts About Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson

1. Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson hinted in his 1993 interview that he did not think he could top what he had already accomplished.

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2. Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson gave only two major interviews after his retirement: one to the Washington Post in 1993, and the other to Esquire magazine in 2002.

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3. Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson had no guests on his final episode of The Tonight Show on May 22, 1992, which was instead a retrospective show taped before an invitation-only studio audience of family, friends, and crew.

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4. Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson became unexpectedly tearful, and a shot of the two of them was captured by a camera angle from across the set that has never been broadcast.

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5. Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson's began singing the song, and after the first line, Carson joined in and turned it into an impromptu duet.

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6. Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson told his crew, "Everything comes to an end; nothing lasts forever.

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7. Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson was on his way to becoming a paranormal superstar.

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8. Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson's never appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, a ban instigated by Leno out of respect for Carson.

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9. Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson had guest hosts for entire weeks during Carson's vacations and other nights he had off.

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10. Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson cited a California law barring certain contracts from lasting more than seven years.

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11. Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson was given authority to fill the vacant time slot and used it to create Late Night with David Letterman.

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12. In 1980, Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson renewed his contract with the stipulation that the show lose its last half-hour.

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13. Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson influenced the scheduling of reruns in the mid-1970s and, in 1980, the length of each evening's broadcast, by threatening NBC with, in the first case, moving to another network, and in the latter, retiring altogether.

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14. Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson is an American talk show hosted by Johnny Carson under the Tonight Show franchise from October 1, 1962 through May 22, 1992.

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