REMEMBERING JOHNNY CARSON
The King of Late Night TV hosted The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson for thirty years between 1962 and 1992.
Back then, the Tonight Show was funny — unlike the current line-up of late-night TV shows that focus on politics where the smirking, unfunny hosts delight in bashing people.
When asked why his show avoided controversy, Johnny Carson said, “I think it would be a fatal mistake to use my show as a platform for controversial issues. I’m an entertainer, not a commentator. If you’re a comedian your job is to make people laugh.”
Now ain’t that the truth, and late-night TV just isn’t the same — and never will be — since Johnny died on this day, January 23, 2005, at he age of 79.
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