Here’s Johnny! Shocking Facts You May Not Know About Johnny Carson

Johnny Carson was a household name for several decades. The comedian and host of The Tonight Show entered the homes (through television sets) of millions of Americans each weeknight and was a beloved icon of the late-night talk show format. He truly set the bar.

But there were many aspects about his past people didn’t know about — grudges he held, controversies between him and other celebrities, and facts about his personal life he kept hidden. No person is perfect, but we tend to hold individuals like Carson up to higher standards, so for many, these facts are quite shocking…including the guest on the show that Carson couldn’t stand.

Rude Comments To A New Wife

Johnny Carson and Wife during U.S. Tennis Open
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Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images

A wedding honeymoon is meant to be a time for couples to connect and enjoy each other’s company. But Carson, who was notorious for being crabby and even sometimes cruel to others in his private, apparently was in a sour mood on his honeymoon with fourth wife Alexis Maas.

While the two were on a yacht trip during their honeymoon in 1987 in Italy, Carson, apparently upset with a comment Maas had made, remarked to her, “We’ve been married for three weeks. If you say something like that again, this marriage won’t last another three weeks.” Ouch!