|What does Leno have to do with this?|
|The day I got to be Leno's personal paparazzi!|
|I waved goodbye on my final show, which has been compared to Johnny's farewell.|
On May 22, 1992, I missed the last Tonight Show with Johnny Carson as host, and I was busy moving furniture, televisions, etc., instead of sitting on furniture and watching television. I was born to become a talk show host, myself, and I missed Johnny's final night. (Don't worry, my friend recorded it on a VHS for me).
|(right) The TV that I watched Carson on now with my Carson DVD's.|
(left) Photo I took of Carson on this TV, circa 1983.
"Carson should give his show to Leno and go play some golf"I do now regret how rough that sounded, but my point was, I knew that Carson was ready to go and that Leno would get the show.
In 1992, NBC then gave The Tonight Show to Jay Leno, and then in 1993 later, NBC offered to dump Jay, and give it to David Letterman, but not until 1994.
Dave turned that offer down and fled to CBS instead. Jay then made the joke that NBC stood for, Never Believe your Contract! Over most of the 22 years that Jay was host, he held the top spot.
Everyone remembers how NBC gave The Tonight Show to Conan O'Brien, and moved Jay Leno to 10 pm, 9 central. And how much that was a disaster, that NBC eventually reverse it's course and Leno was back hosting Tonight. But did you know that NBC did a similar move to the first host of The Tonight Show;
In 1956, NBC offered Allen a new, prime-time, Sunday night variety hour, The Steve Allen Show, aimed at dethroning CBS's top-rated The Ed Sullivan Show.NBC was NOT successful "dethroning" Ed Sullivan, in fact, he went on doing his show until 1971. In that time, he had many guests, like Elvis, The Supremes, The Muppets and a little group known as The Beatles.
|Ed Sullivan and some new long-haired band!|
On the first show, you can see Ed Sullivan introduce Dave! According to Wiki;
Letterman also joked that his crew opened an old closet in the theater which contained a 45-year old woman screaming, "Ringo!"According to a press release by CBS, tonight;
|Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr & Pete Best|
In a rare joint interview, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr share with David Letterman their memories of The Beatles’ historic “Ed Sullivan Show” appearances, the excitement of their 1964 U.S. debut and their impressions of the Ed Sullivan Theater, on THE BEATLES: THE NIGHT THAT CHANGED AMERICA – A GRAMMY® SALUTE, Sunday, Feb. 9 (8:00-10:30 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
|Sheldon Cooper / John Lennon (Credit)|
David Letterman Interviews Paul and Ringo...
The Ed Sullivan changed it's marquee to look like it did 50 years ago;
|Letterman's Late Show marquee looks back 50 years!|
Here is that actual moment, followed by a classic jingle;
You can listen to the entire broadcast, from February 1963!
It is as likely for Jay Leno to return to NBC, as it would be for him to be accompanied by The Beatles;