Joan Rivers Recalls Her Johnny Carson Heartbreak

Under the THR article headline “Joan Rivers: Why Johnny Carson ‘Never Ever Spoke to Me Again’,” the comedienne thinks that her gender had a lot to with the ill will that erupted from Carson’s end when she decided to see if the late night grass was greener at FOX.

But she also, more pointedly than we can remember, accuses her one-time mentor of being a liar. Rivers writes that the first person she called after being offered a FOX late night show was Carson:

He hung up on me – and never, ever spoke to me again. And then denied that I called him. I couldn’t figure it out…

In the press, he said, “She didn’t call me, and she was so terrible.” When you’ve told the truth and you read a lie, there’s nothing you can do about it. To this day, I’m very angry about that. Don’t f—in’ lie.

Carson perhaps expected Rivers to bring up the possibility of another TV home at the very outset of discussions, rather than when the offer was firm. Rivers, who just performed in front of a Royal Albert Hall audience in London of 4,5000, insists that she never has and will “never tell a lie onstage.” Read her full essay here.

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Previously on FishbowlLA:
Howard Stringer Still Treasures the Memory of His Lunches with Johnny Carson
Joan Rivers Revisits Her Biggest Career Mistake

@hollywoodspin Richard Horgan is co-editor of Fishbowl.