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Johnny Carson Confronts Don Rickles Despite not being particularly popular, this series is often remembered for an incident that occurred on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. During production of the series, Rickles appeared on Tonight Show with guest host Bob Newhart. While poking fun at Newhart, in faux-anger, Rickles slammed the cigarette box which Johnny Carson kept on his desk and broke it. When Carson returned to the show and discovered this, he took a camera crew to the studio next door where Sharkey was being taped. Carson disrupted the taping in order to tease Rickles about it, to the delight of the studio audiences of both shows. Carson also teased Harrison Page by speaking to him in an exaggerated AAVE accent. This incident was often replayed in Tonight Show retrospectives and was considered a highlight of the 1970s era of the show.
Tags: Johnny  Carson  Confronts  Don  Rickles 
Added: 5th October 2007
Views: 9156
Posted By: Old Fart
Posted by: Naomi on 2007-10-06 
Wow, I haven't seen this since it happened. Can you imagine getting away with a couple of those lines now?? NO way! Too bad TV isn't like it used to be.
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2007-10-06 
I agree with you. Today people would be calling Johnny Carson a racist. Watch the 1975 Muhammad Ali roast clip I posted. There were jokes about Hispanics and blacks--and everyone just laughed. We are way too uptight and hypersensitive today due to the scourge of political correctness.
Posted by: Larry on 2007-10-06 
That was great I remember seeing that.
Posted by: Candita on 2008-01-07 
Why oh why do some things have to change...when Johnny retired I cried for days. I was 6 years old sneaking up at night to watch his show..I told everyone I was in love with Johnny when I grew up I was gonna marry him..talk show will never be this good again
Posted by: Anytimeblues on 2009-04-29 
have personally been on the end of some of don's joking. boy do i miss carson
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