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!"
Not to forget that RR was a dem until 1961 or so. He had many long-standing friendships from decades before that.
I also think people were more likely to ignore political persuasion back then. We seem much more divided today.
Already acknowledged in post 133.
>> Carson takes on Bush: "Can you believe this Enron mess? I love how his good friend 'Kenny Boy' suddenly turned into 'Mr. Lay'.
I had no idea Johnny was so dumb when it came to political matters (unless he was misquoted).
Carson ripped into George Bush a couple of years ago in an interview with Playboy or some other mag.
Johnny Carson was an atheist. He was a devout believer in the king of skeptics: James Randi. Mr. Carson believed in NOTHING. He even willed half a million dollars to The James Randi Foundation. Johnny was a pretty quirky guy. It is said he suffered from mental issues. His “medication” of choice was years, and years and years of heavy cocaine use, not to mention other heavy duty drugs he “played” around with. Johnny was one strange dude!
I hate Jay Leno, but I don’t think he’s a mess like Johnny was.