The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson will forever be cemented as one of the most successful and popular late-night shows of all time. It paved the way for late night talk shows of today. Johnny Carson hosted the iconic show, but its popularity did not always reflect how people viewed Carson. These are the most surprising moments of the show and his personal life. How many do you know?
A Tough Husband
Carson was known for his cruel behavior in his personal life, which extended to his treatment of his wives. On his honeymoon with fourth wife Alexis Maas, he got upset with her and remarked publicly: “We’ve been married for three weeks. If you say something like that again, this marriage won’t last another three weeks.”
More Strained Relationships
Carson had three sons with his first wife. One of his sons, Rick Carson, struggled with his mental health and was later admitted to a hospital for these issues. Carson flat out refused to see his son, as this brought on a sense of shame for him.
Carson was also known for indulging a bit too much with spirits, which would result in worse behavior. While at a party NBC threw for his show’s 25th anniversary, Carson and his son both imbibed a bit too much alcohol and got into a screaming match in front of everyone. People intervened in order to prevent a physical altercation between the father and son.