09:58 AM EDT 11/18/2014
Originally posted 11/06/2014 01:40PM
Richard Zoglin is the author of Hope: Entertainer of the Century, published this week by Simon & Schuster and cited by reviewers as the definitive biography of the comedy legend. In its current issue, PEOPLE singles it out as the book of the week. Here, an excerpt from the work.
Viewers of The Tonight Show during the 1970s and '80s might have assumed that Bob Hope was one of Johnny Carson's favorite guests.
No one appeared on the show more often than the comedy legend, and his guest appearances clung to a familiar, almost comical ritual. He would walk out to the strains of his theme song, "Thanks for the Memory" – sometimes unannounced, supposedly a "surprise" guest.
After some banter with Johnny, sprinkled with Hope's obviously prepared gag lines, he would introduce a reel of taped highlights from his upcoming special. Then he would scoot away, always with somewhere urgent to go.
One of those who grew tired of the routine was Johnny Carson.
Originally posted 09/04/2014 03:15PM
Joan Rivers, who died on Thursday, was one of late-night television's true pioneers. And inextricably tied to her legacy of trailblazing is her relationship with The Tonight Show, and the long shadow that Johnny Carson cast over her career.
Originally posted 08/07/2014 12:30PM
Everyone has his priorities.
Originally posted 04/13/2014 08:30AM
Jimmy Fallon joked on Twitter that Stephen Colbert will need to change his first name to Jimmy when he joins the ranks of late-night talk show hosts next year, but he might not be smiling once the Colbert Report star settles into David Letterman's chair.
Originally posted 04/09/2014 09:10AM
Rumors of Anne Hathaway's near-demise have been greatly exaggerated.
The star appeared on Tuesday's Tonight Show to talk with Jimmy Fallon about photos from January that seemed to show the actress in some nautical trouble.
Originally posted 03/04/2014 10:00AM
Originally posted 03/02/2014 12:30PM
Live, from Lake Michigan, it's Swimmy Fallon!
Originally posted 02/22/2014 03:00PM
When Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake get together, it can only mean one thing: time to set your DVR.
Whether it's The Barry Gibb Talk Show on Saturday Night Live, "#Hashtags" and "Evolution of End Zone Dancing", we know that when these two team up it's going to be magic.
But the real magic happens when they team up to perform the "History of Rap."
The pair offered up Part 5 on the Tonight Show on Friday, and, indeed, it was awesome. But it made us want to take a look back at Parts 1-4.
Originally posted 02/22/2014 10:45AM
Break it down, J.T.!
Justin Timberlake stopped by The Tonight Show Friday to support pal Jimmy Fallon as he closed out his inaugural week as the brand-spankin'-new host of the late-night talk show.
And to celebrate the crooner's first appearance on Fallon's new gig, the two decided to unearth an old fave: their trusty "History of Rap" sketch, from Fallon's Late Night stint.
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