Joan Rivers Returns to Tonight Show Couch for the First Time in 26 Years

03/28/2014 at 09:00 AM EDT


Joan Rivers on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

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It was one of comedy's most famous feuds: Johnny Carson, angry that frequent guest host Joan Rivers had gotten her own late-night talk show, banned her from The Tonight Show in a fit of pique.

And now it's over.

On Thursday night, Rivers made her first appearance on the Tonight Show couch in 26 years. (Jay Leno, perhaps wary after his rocky introduction, continued Carson's blacklisting; Conan presumably had other things on his mind.)

Though Rivers had made a short cameo during Jimmy Fallon's first week as host, Thursday's segment was her first time on the show's famous couch since the 1980s – or, as she told Variety, "four noses ago."

She made it count, pulling off a number of off-color jokes, including one about German cars that left Fallon visibly nervous.

See Rivers's appearance with Jimmy above, and then watch one of her final appearances on Carson's Tonight Show below:

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