Hail and farewell, Johnny Carson
It was fifteen years ago tonight that Johnny Carson took his final bow as the host of the Tonight Show. We mention this so that Mark Evanier doesn’t have to.
Okay, so the clip’s from the day before. Sue us. Here’s something from the final show, Johnny’s final words to us all:
"And so it has come to this: I, uh… am one of the lucky people in the world; I found something I always wanted to do, and I have enjoyed every single minute of it. I want to thank the gentlemen who’ve shared this stage with me for thirty years, Mr. Ed McMahon… Mr. Doc Severinsen… and… you people watching, I can only tell you that it has been an honor and a privilege to come into your homes all these years and entertain you—and I hope when I find something that I want to do, and I think you would like, and come back, that you’ll be as gracious in inviting me into your home as you have been. I bid you a very heartfelt good night."