This day in history: Johnny Carson made his last TV appearance

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On May 13th, 1994, beloved talk show host Johnny Carson made his last TV appearance ever on his friend David Letterman's "The Late Show." The last episode of Carson's "The Tonight Show" had aired just two years before in 1992.

Carson is considered to be one of the greatest talk show hosts of all time. He wasn't afraid to don wild costumes or do silly voices, and he could impersonate a vast array of celebrities. He also knew how to really talk to celebrities and had an uncanny ability to get them to open about about their personal lives. He was always ready with a quip to keep the conversation moving.

Carson also helped to launch the careers of many beloved comedians, who vied for a spot on "The Tonight Show" where they could appeal to Carson's vast audience. Roseanne Barr, Drew Carey, Ellen DeGeneres, Jerry Seinfeld and Jim Carrey are a few examples of comedians who got their start on "The Tonight Show."

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This day in history: Johnny Carson made his last TV appearance
Johnny Carson in his first and only talk show appearance since stepping down as host of "The Tonight Show," gets a standing ovation by Letterman and the studio audience when he makes a surprise appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman in May, 13 1994 on the CBS Television Network. This photo is provided by CBS from the Late Show with David Letterman photo archive. Photo: Tony Esparza/CBS ©1994 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved
December 1964: Johnny Carson, star of NBC's 'Tonight' show, one of the channel's flagship, colour programmes. (Photo by Keystone Features/Getty Images)
American talk show host and comedian Johnny Carson (1925 - 2005) and his second wife Joanne Copeland, mid 1960s. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
December 1964: Johnny Carson, star of NBC's 'Tonight' show, one of the channel's flagship, colour programmes. (Photo by Keystone Features/Getty Images)
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