Carson’s Final Night on ‘The Tonight Show’ With Bette Midler

May 21, 2016

Johnny Carson hosted The Tonight Show for thirty years….Think about that…From 1962 to 1992…Johnny was there…Entire generations were born and grew up with the same man hosting the late night show and this was back when there were only three channels… He was a fixture…an icon…and for many…an idol…

 

In his final show which aired on May 22, 1992…he talks about having done hundreds of interviews about the show ending claiming “the Soviet Union’s end didn’t get this much publicity”…

 

The last episode of Johnny’s show…however is guest-less….It’s just Johnny…an audience…his sidekick Ed McMahon and his bandleader Doc Severinsen...some clips…but mostly it’s a long-time TV show host talking to his viewers at home as he seems to realize on the air that a major chapter of his life is ending…

 

It has one of the most iconic moments in all of television history…that of Bette Midler sitting on Johnny’s desk…singing a parody of “You Made Me Love You” rewritten to be about Johnny with jokes like: “Watched your hair turn from dark to white...And when I can’t sleep...I count your wives at night” as Carson looks on delighted resting his head against his fist…his arm propped up on his desk…

 

For the finale...

Bette Midler sings "One More For My Baby" to Johnny Carson...!

 

 

 

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