Beturbaned telepath Carnac the Magnificent regards the envelope he holds in his hand, rips it open, blows into it, and pulls out a card containing the question to the answer he has divined, the one that titles this piece: How does news of the loss of legendary TV host Johnny Carson leave his fans?
From the Associated Press via MSNBC:
Johnny Carson, the “Tonight Show” TV host who served America a smooth nightcap of celebrity banter, droll comedy and heartland charm for 30 years, has died. He was 79.
“Mr. Carson passed away peacefully early Sunday morning,” his nephew, Jeff Sotzing, told The Associated Press. “He was surrounded by his family, whose loss will be immeasurable. There will be no memorial service.” …
The boyish-looking Nebraska native with the disarming grin, who survived every attempt to topple him from his late-night talk show throne, was a star who managed never to distance himself from his audience.
Reuters reports that NBC cites emphysema as the cause of death.
In particular, I loved the hilarious character Carnac; please enjoy some of his funniest questions and answers. I suspect that right now, laughter is the best cure. Somehow, I think Mr. Carson would agree.
RIP, Mr. Carson, and thanks for 30 years of impeccable late-night comedy. Your departure from television left a void yet to be filled; the only one to come close would be your handpicked successor, David Letterman. Good as Letterman is, though, today’s news is a reminder that you — and only you — remain the King of Late Night.