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The King of Late Night officially launches on YouTube

By Elizabeth Ferdon

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In the words of classic sidekick Ed McMahon, “Heeeeeeerrrre's Johnny!” The original king of late night has finally come to YouTube on the official “Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” channel. Before Jimmy Kimmel and Conan O’Brien took over late night’s most prestigious timeslot, Carson defined the genre—paving the way for future after-hours talkers.

As host of "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" from 1962-1992, Carson gave millions of viewers a unique perspective into the lives and personalities of entertainers and newsmakers of the day. Johnny delivered hysterical monologues, welcomed megastars like Frank Sinatra and Betty White to his couch, and introduced the world to then newcomers like Jim Carrey, Madonna and Ellen DeGeneres.

“The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” YouTube channel has original Carson clips, preserved and presented in the highest quality available. New videos will be uploaded each week and Carson’s channel will be taking your requests for which clips to upload. You can also submit a playlist of your favorite clips via Google Moderator to share your ultimate episode of "The Tonight Show Starting Johnny Carson."

Almost 20 years ago Johnny closed his final show saying, “I bid you a very heartfelt good night,” and now with the official Carson channel, a new day has started.