Monday, February 11, 2013
THIS DAY IN TV
On February 11, 1960, Jack Paar walked off the set of The Tonight Show.
Jack Paar, the host of The Tonight Show from 1957 to 1962, developed the format still used on most late-night shows today. But Paar had a temper—and didn’t have much patience for being bossed around. In February 1960, NBC censors pulled one of his jokes for being too racy. (It involved a double entendre about the abbreviation “WC”—one person in the skit thinks it means “wayside chapel”; another takes it to mean “water closet.”) Paar was livid, so the next night, following his monologue, he said, “I am leaving The Tonight Show. There must be a better way of making a living than this.” Then he walked off the set and out the door, leaving cohost Hugh Downs to finish the show. Paar returned three weeks later, quipping, “When I walked off, I said there must be a better way of making a living. I've looked, and there isn’t.”
Only 15% of American parents have ever used their TV’s V-Chip.