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Saying Goodbye to David Letterman: A Look Back at His 33-Year Legacy

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Saying Goodbye to David Letterman: A Look Back at His 33-Year Legacy

Originally posted 05/20/2015 04:00PM

When NBC handed David Letterman Late Night in 1982, his offbeat humor ushered in a new era of late night.

Thirty-three years later, he's stepping down from a late-night landscape that changed around him, having stayed true to himself as the medium changed from appointment viewing to something to be easily digested the next morning in three- to four-minute clips.

"I recognized the value of it," Letterman told The New York Times back in April of his competitors' tendency to gear their shows toward digital audiences. "It's just, I didn't know what to say. You go back to your parents' house, and they still have the rotary phone. It's a little like that."

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Joan Rivers, Johnny Carson & the Bumpy Road to Tonight | Joan Rivers

Joan Rivers, Johnny Carson & the Bumpy Road to Tonight

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.

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Comedian Steve Rossi Dies

Comedian Steve Rossi Dies

Originally posted 06/23/2014 08:00AM

Steve Rossi, one half of the prolific comedy duo Allen & Rossi, which became a favorite of The Ed Sullivan Show and other TV variety shows, died Sunday at age 82.

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Heeere's Johnny! Carson's Nephew Wants Him to Have New Fans (Video)

Johnny Carson's Nephew Brings Tonight Show to New Generation

Originally posted 07/23/2013 09:00AM

Heeere's Johnny!

Twenty-one years after the King of Late Night retired from NBC's The Tonight Show after a 30-year run, Johnny Carson is back on the small screen – this time on tablets and smartphones via iTunes starting Tuesday.

Carson, who was 79 when he died of emphysema in 2005, filmed 4,351 episodes of the late-night staple.

Now, users will have the chance to discover archived appearances of some of showbiz's most iconic stars, including a young Drew Barrymore, a soon-to-be president Bill Clinton, Bette Midler – who, as Carson's final guest, memorably delivered his favorite song, "One For My Baby (And One More for the Road)" on the second-to last episode – and Ellen DeGeneres, in one of her first TV appearances ever.

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Tonight Show Pays Loving Tribute to Johnny | Johnny Carson

Tonight Show Pays Loving Tribute to Johnny

Originally posted 01/25/2005 07:00AM

As fans of the late Johnny Carson placed flowers on his Hollywood Boulevard star and at a makeshift memorial in New York's Times Square Monday, the home base of TV's host of hosts, NBC's Tonight Show, paid proper tribute with an affectionate, all-star retrospective in beautiful downtown Burbank.

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