11:00 AM EDT 04/25/2013
Originally posted 04/12/2013 01:30PM
Jonathan Winters – an improvisational genius and the comedic spiritual godfather to a generation of younger comics, including Robin Williams, Jim Carrey and the late Andy Kaufman – died of natural causes Thursday night. He was surrounded by family and friends at his home in Montecito, Calif., the Associated Press reports. He was 87.
Tweeted Steve Martin on Friday: "Goodbye, Jonath[a]n Winters. You were not only one of the greats, but one of the great greats."
Originally posted 04/09/2013 02:20PM
In the 1970s, after McDonald's introduced Ronald but before Wendy's introduced the elderly "Where's the Beef?" lady, the Jack in the Box fast-food chain featured commercials with a cherubic Rodney Allen Rippy, no more than 4, attempting to bite into a Jumbo Jack.
"It's too big to eat!" says the tot, barely distinguishable because of the food in his mouth. (See commercial in video below.)
How famous did cute little Rodney become? Enough for Tonight Show host Johnny Carson to mention him in monologues. Enough for Michael Jackson, who was 10 years Rodney's senior, to befriend him at the time.
Originally posted 03/21/2013 07:15AM
Not only is NBC planning a new host for The Tonight Show, but a new home, too – though neither will be particularly unfamiliar to viewers of late night.
Despite his present high ratings, when the show's long-running host Jay Leno's contract expires in the fall of 2014, he will be succeeded by current Late Night host Jimmy Fallon, 38, reports Thursday's The New York Times.
Furthermore, according to the paper, once the shift takes place, the program will move back to New York – the original home to the show, starting in 1954, with Steve Allen, and then, Jack Paar, as host, until 1972, when Johnny Carson (who took over in 1962) moved the show west, where it has remained ever since.
Originally posted 02/10/2005 09:00AM
CLARIFIED: Late-night legend Johnny Carson's last hours were spent in a hospital, not at his home as previously reported, according to the Associated Press, which cites his death certificate. Carson, who died Jan. 23 at age 79, was at Los Angeles's Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, not his Malibu home. The Tonight Show host was cremated and his ashes turned over to his wife, Alexis.
Originally posted 02/02/2005 08:00AM
A major slice of TV history is hitting the eBay auction block: guest books signed by stars from Johnny Carson's Tonight show.
Originally posted 02/01/2005 08:00AM
David Letterman paid tribute to his mentor Johnny Carson on CBS's Late Show Monday night by delivering a monologue composed entirely of material privately sent him by the retired Tonight Show host during his final months – though Dave didn't divulge who the author was until he was back at his desk.
Originally posted 01/31/2005 09:00AM
Johnny Carson's Nebraskan hometown of Norfolk turned out to salute him on Sunday inside a high school auditorium that bears his name.
Originally posted 01/28/2005 12:00PM
FAREWELL, JOHNNY: As fans of the late Johnny Carson placed flowers on his Hollywood Boulevard star and at a makeshift memorial in Times Square Monday, his onetime home base, NBC's Tonight Show, paid tribute in beautiful downtown Burbank. "As a performer, I never wanted to impress anyone more than Johnny Carson," said Jay Leno, who took over for Carson in 1992. "Johnny had that special quality of grace, charm and dignity in the public arena. He was an incredibly polite man and when you were invited into his house, this show, you knew you were an honored guest." Carson, 79, died Sunday after battling emphysema.
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.
Originally posted 01/23/2005 02:00PM
Johnny Carson, who brought late-night laughs to millions as the host of NBC's Tonight Show for nearly three decades, has died at age 79.
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