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Carson with Piggy at the Oscars.

Johnny Carson (1925-2005) was the host of The Tonight Show from 1962 to 1992. Over the course of his career, Carson won six Emmy Awards, the Peabody Award, the Kennedy Center Honor in 1993, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1992. Both he and Jim Henson were inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 1987.

Growing up in Nebraska, the shy Carson learned magic tricks, and after a stint in the U.S. Navy, began his career in radio and television. Getting his break from Red Skelton, Carson soon began hosting game shows before taking over as host of The Tonight Show.

A frequent emcee of the Academy Awards, Carson conversed with Miss Piggy during the 52nd annual awards on April 14, 1980, where he ribbed the pig over her failure to garner a Best Actress Nomination for her work in The Muppet Movie.

In the 1960s, Jim Henson drew up a proposal for a Muppet special that would have been hosted by Carson, but the project never materialized. However, in 1971 Carson appeared on Pure Goldie, a Goldie Hawn TV special that also featured Kermit the Frog.

As Carson's tenure on The Tonight Show continued, guest hosts became more frequent. For nearly the entire run, each Monday would feature a guest host, and sometimes entire weeks would feature guest hosts for the vacationing Carson. Kermit and the Muppets were tapped as guest hosts on April 2, 1979 as a promotion for The Muppet Movie.

Carson made very few appearances after his retirement, apart from a vocal cameo on The Simpsons and an appearance in 1994 on the Late Show with David Letterman, his last televised appearance.


  • Footage of Johnny Carson from The Tonight Show was used in the Muppet Babies episode "I Want My Muppet TV!", as Baby Piggy and Baby Fozzie both imagine being on the show (which Piggy refers to as "The Johnny Carson Show"). One of the clips used in the show is Carson introducing Miss Piggy.
  • In a 1987 Sesame Street sketch, Big Bird gets a phone call from a "Johnny", who tells Big Bird that he can't come over and play a game. Jay Leno offers to help, saying, "I love sitting in for Johnny!"

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Johnny Carson was a talk show host who interviewed Peter Parker during his tour for his book "Webs".


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