Joan Rivers to Letterman: I was exiled from late night television

By | July 23, 2010 at 4:42 pm | 2 comments | Audio/Video, News, TV/Movies | Tags: , , , , , , ,

Here’s a little Late Night television history lesson. There once was a man named Johnny Carson; he was the host of The Tonight Show. Joan Rivers was good buddies with him, and was his official fill-in.

Rumor has it, that around that time, NBC was drawing up a list of names with possible replacements for Johnny after his retirement; and Rivers wasn’t on it.

With this knowledge she jumped at the chance of having her own late night show after Fox asked her to host one. Joan told Carson what she was planning to do, and apparently he didn’t like it. They never spoke again, and because Carson was so highly respected and considered the king of late night, Rivers felt all the hosts of these programms had unofficially banned her.

And what does this whole fiasco lead to? Great late night television almost two decades later! Joan Rivers was on The Late Show with David Letterman last night explaining how she felt exiled by all the hosts, even let out a nice little jab at Leno. Check it out.

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  • The_Yolker

    I’m really truly a converted fan of Joan. I saw her movie a few days ago and it completely changed the way that I see her, as a performer and a person. I’d have to say that it’s one of the best movies I’ve seen, documentary or otherwise.

  • Travesty

    She talks about this all the time on Howard Stern. Old news, that just came out on TV it seems. And damn, she looks strange now.

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