Cuckolded Johnny Carson Broke Into Wife’s Apartment To Sniff Out Lover

Lawyer's new memoir reveals escapades of late-night king

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A new tell-all memoir from Johnny Carson’s former lawyer describes the night Carson broke into his wife’s love nest to find that she had been sleeping with legendary New York Giants player Frank Gifford.

The book, exclusively excerpted in Entertainment Weekly, reveals a sappier side of the late-night icon. Suspicious that his wife Joanne was cheating on him, Carson and some of his cronies, including his brand-new lawyer  and now-author Henry Bushkin, broke into her secret apartment to look for proof. And they found it: lingerie, photos of Gifford, and even furniture from Carson’s own home.

Crushed by the overwhelming amount of evidence, Carson leaned against the living room wall and began to weep. It was a painfully uncomfortable moment. Arthur busied himself taking photos of the premises, while the rest of us tried to look away and give Johnny his privacy. It was, however, a small space, and I couldn’t always keep my eyes away. During one of those glances, I could see that Carson’s raincoat had fallen open. I was shocked to see that Johnny was carrying a .38 revolver in a holster on his hip. Mullen, seeing what I saw, shot me a look that warned, Don’t say a f—ing word, and then he quietly flipped the framed pictures of Gifford on the windowsill so that their backs faced the room.

But according to Bushkin’s memoir, Carson bounced back quickly.

“Why Frank Gifford?” he asked. “What’s that a–hole got that I don’t have?” I wasn’t sure where he was going with this but maybe nowhere good. The mood appeared to be swinging back. “That guy plays three positions on the field,” he said. “I could never get Joanne to go for more than two.” His deadpan timing was perfect. I nearly fell off my stool laughing. He was smiling appreciatively. “I think I’ll use that line in tomorrow’s monologue.”

[Entertainment Weekly]

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john_rambo
john_rambo

Juicy!  That Carson was a real nabob! Thanks  for the tidbit lawyer! You still practicing?

goerizal
goerizal

this lawyer must have serious financial troubles.

MikePenney
MikePenney

This story seems to be pure fiction…. from the various sources still alive…  why lie? Carson's life was good enough  in a non fiction channel.

WienersPeener
WienersPeener

Johnny was the king and now we have...Jimmy Fallon? O how the mighty have fallen.

JamesStacey
JamesStacey

I guess the choice of Giff means Carson's wife liked it in the butt. 

AlbertE.Bannister
AlbertE.Bannister

'former lawyer' - umm isn't that a violation of attorney client privilege?  Anything for a buck, right Bushkin?

Openminded1
Openminded1

Ah there will never be another Johnnny Carson he was the best in more ways then one. Frank Gifford  the ass wipe that he is, with his now pompous wife Kathy lee that he has cheated on a few times and she was dumb enough to back him up like a dummy snob she is to save face when he was caught in a hotel room with a flight attendant , That idiot Kathy lee blamed the woman and the woman's husband and let frank slide, what a dumbo. Now frank can not even get it up he is what he is an old man not worth talking about . No where near the guy Johnny was.