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The Baltimore Sun

Joan Rivers, 'The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers'

Aired: Oct. 1986 - May 1987 Rivers' attempt to spearhead the then-nascent FOX network's foray into programming with this stab at late-night lost her the friendship of the legendary Johnny Carson, who felt betrayed by the comedienne and never spoke to her again. (Rivers, who'd been the regular guest host for "The Tonight Show" hadn't informed Carson of her plans with FOX until they were official.) And for what? A measly seven months on the job.