Even after cable began to cut into network viewership in the '80s, Carson was still doing his best work. He won a Peabody Award in 1986, to go with the four Emmys he and "The Tonight Show" won between 1965 and 1992, when Carson retired and turned the show over to Jay Leno. Source:
Helpful | Not Helpful feedback submitted The first time that Wing had done the show, the year before, Jay Leno (who was then Carson's regular substitute) had been sitting behind the desk. When it came time for the Sarnia, Ont., native to come out from behind the curtain, Leno inadvertently provided a memorable introduction – by stumbling over the name of the comic's hometown. Source:
Helpful | Not Helpful feedback submitted After the move, Carson stopped doing shows five days a week. Instead, on Monday nights there was a "guest host" (leaving Carson to do the other four each week). Joan Rivers became the "permanent" guest host from September 1983 until 1986, when she was fired for accepting a competing show on the startup Fox network without consulting Carson first. Thereafter, The Tonight Show returned to using various guest hosts, with Jay Leno the most frequent. Leno then became the exclusive guest host in the fall of 1987. Eventually, the pattern became relatively set.