Skip to comments.JOHNNY CARSON BREAKS SILENCE: KNOCKS FOX FOR TOO MUCH PATRIOTISM
Posted on 01/24/2005 1:36:15 AM PST by kcvl
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JOHNNY CARSON BREAKS SILENCE: KNOCKS FOX FOR TOO MUCH PATRIOTISM AT SUPER BOWL; THINKS BUSH IN ENRON COVER-UP
Don't look for Johnny Carson to make an appearance during NBC's 75TH Anniversary Special -- even though NBC head Bob Wright has made a personal plea.
"That ain't gonna happen," the retired Carson tells ESQUIRE magazine. "That ain't gonna happen."
The retired funnyman throws cold water on Wright's May Sweep dreams.
"He means well. I know NBC means well. But I am retired. I ain't going back on television. There's no need for me to go back. It's gonna be one of those self-congratulatory things. Look how good we are! I'm just not going to do it!"
Reporter Bill Zehme has been courting Carson for years and the relationship has paid off in spades: On May 8th, ESQUIRE rolls out an exhaustive exclusive interview with the press-shy Carson, running 10 pages.
Carson rips FOX for its Super Bowl red-white-and-blue coverage following 9/11: "When you look at the production -- give me a break!" Carson says. "Norman Mailer said something about patriotism being a nice thing, but just ease up a bit... It's nice to live in this country, but ease up!"
Carson takes on Bush: "Can you believe this Enron mess? I love how his good friend 'Kenny Boy' suddenly turned into 'Mr. Lay'... Give me a break! It will be a long time before we ever understand what's going on behind that story."
Carson has nightmare dreams that he still is host of the TONIGHT SHOW: "It's show time and I am going on -- and I've got nothing to say! I wake up in a sweat!"
He tells Zehme that the only time he wished he was back on the air and not retired was during the Monica Lewinsky mess.
"It's John. I regret it now," Carson said to Wright in a phone call. "I haven't seen such an abundance of material in my life!"
My grandfather suffered from emphysema for years and years. He died in 1984 from a heart attack at the age of 63.
Right. A related heart attack.
Too much strain on the heart.
BTW, it's 22 here right now and I love it.
.....kiss my ashtray....damn, did you think of that all by yourself?
He DOES NOT spend his weekends doing standup. I checked several sites to check my understanding and Here's one that uncovers FOUR days he is appearing from now until March 18.
22 sounds balmy to me. :) Supposed to be in the upper 40's here today. Looking forward to it. Might scrape off the ice and slush on the front walk today.
Thank you for your
Admonition because it is
stupid on it's face but in this
meter it must be inspired
Same here: High "could" get into 50's.
I am really surprised to find I like the cold air.
The Aviator just came out about 6 weeks ago.
You get used to the cold weather once you spend some time in it. :)
Rest In Peace Johnny. You are an irreplacable American treasure.
"He DOES NOT spend his weekends doing standup. I checked several sites to check my understanding and Here's one that uncovers FOUR days he is appearing from now until March 18."
Johnny was a class act. Of all the comics doing late night over the years, Johnny never failed to have me ROFLMAO.
Rest in Peace Mr. Carson. Your humor was priceless.
Show me his complete standup show schedule and I'll admit I'm wrong.
It is true that Leno has not touched his Tonight Show money. He has about a hundred gigs, corporate conventions etc. each year that pay an average 100,000. That is what he lives on.
It seems to me that it's a safe assumption to make that folks in the entertainment biz are liberals. But that doesn't factor in for me, unless they take it to the point of agenda. I never got that sense from Johnny. Now, Cher, Streisand, Ronstad, et al.....I'm sick to death of hearing their politics....and their singing.
What is so fascinating about Tanzania? I never realized it as a frequent vacation trip......
If there are comments here you don't like, take your own advice and don't read them.
A rabble rousing malcontent. I never trusted him, I'm glad you didn't either.
Same with my barber. The guy is all over the political map. Not sure he should be trusted with a set of clippers.