JACK PAAR SHOW - CENSORED JOKE {THE GLASER FOUNDATION FIRST AMENDMENT COLLECTION} (TV)

Summary

This segment deals with Paar's famous temporary departure from the airwaves in February 1960. Fake newspaper headlines explain that he was censored for using the term "water closet" on the air. Paar is next seen at his signature desk, telling the audience and a visibly stunned Hugh Downs that he is leaving "The Tonight Show." "There must be a better way of making a living than this," says a distraught Paar. He thanks the audience and Downs for their support, shakes his co-host's hand, and gets up to leave. After more fake headlines chronicle his trip to Hong Kong during the brouhaha that followed, Paar's return is announced. He walks onto the stage and delights his audience by quipping, "As I was saying before I was interrupted...." After the applause that follows, he adds, "I believe my last words were that there must be a better way of making a living than this. Well, I have looked." Jack Paar pauses. "And there isn't."

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Details

  • NETWORK: NBC
  • DATE: February 10, 1960 Wednesdasy
  • RUNNING TIME: 0:02:05
  • COLOR/B&W: B&W
  • CATALOG ID: T87:0253
  • GENRE: Talk/Interviews
  • SUBJECT HEADING: Television - Censorship
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CREDITS

    • Hugh Downs
    • Jack Paar