‘Here’s Johnny’

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on November 27, 2005

What can you tell me about the book Ed McMahon wrote about Johnny Carson? Did Johnny approve of it?
—S. Hopstatler, Stillwater, Okla.

Here's Johnny, written by late-night TV's best-known sidekick, Ed McMahon, was released in 2004. Carson, who died in January, was pleased with its outcome. "I wanted it to be a tribute to Johnny," says McMahon, 82. "I knew him for 47 years and we worked together on a daily basis for 34. A lot of people who work together are not friends, but he was my best friend ever. When I was in New York with him and he was going through a bad first marriage, sometimes we had dinner every single night. We remained close even after the show went off the air."