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The Jack Paar Tonight Show 

Tonight Starring Jack Paar (original title)
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Nominated for 6 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Hugh Downs ...  Himself - Announcer / ... 1,091 episodes, 1957-1962
Jose Melis Jose Melis ...  Himself - Bandleader / ... 1,026 episodes, 1957-1962
Jack Paar ...  Himself - Host 809 episodes, 1957-1962
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Country:

USA

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English

Release Date:

29 July 1957 (USA) See more »

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The Jack Paar Show See more »

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Berlin, Germany See more »

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Mono

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Black and White (1957-1960)| Color (1960-1962)

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1.33 : 1
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Parr announced he was quitting the show in 1962. Possible successors had been rumored before because Parr was so often close to quitting. Johnny Carson's name would always come up because he had so smoothly filled in during occasional assignments as guest host. After a short winnowing process that included a tryout performance in which Carson's stand-up act electrified an audience of advertising executives at the Greenbrier resort in Virginia, NBC had a clear choice. Carson had already turned down the job once fearing following a figure of national fascination like Parr amounted to professional suicide. Carson did accept the job when NBC came back a second time, but a contract with ABC committed him to "Who Do You Trust" for 26 more weeks. NBC was willing to wait: the network was sure it had the right man. See more »

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Jack Paar: [Jack Paar's last words as host of The Tonight Show, calling to his dog sitting in the audience] Come on, Lika... we're going home.
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Walk Out Was One Of A Few
14 August 2011 | by bobbydiasSee all my reviews

Me,Bobby Dias AKA Kissing Bobby, had been appearing on the Tonight show and then The Jack Paar Show at the Burbank Studios. Jack had been thinking of traveling a lot and his office was full of travel brochures, mostly Africa and China. A few times Jack would just not feel like going on with the show so others would sub for him, including a few times myself. I was good enough, they thought, for them to offer me a contract to the host of what they would call "The Tonight Show"(in the contract offer. This was before Johnny Carson and others were offered the job. I declined the offer, saying that at 14 I did not want to stay in the so-called "grown-up" world of show business people and millionaires and billionaires and politicians and the like that I had been for the last 7 years. Whatever about that, Jack had stayed off and walked off a few times before- just his time to move on. The final walk-off was one of those times there was not me or anybody else there able and willing to jump in to keep the show going. Two days later he said to me that the censorship had nothing to do with him walking off the set or quitting the show and that he did not care if they sued him for every penny he had for breach of contract. Just his time for whatever else.


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