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Dick Cavett Talks Helping Johnny Carson on 'The Late Late Show' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 21st 2010 5:31AM
Dick Cavett, 'The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson'Talk show hosts see a ton of people over the course of their careers. Venerable host Dick Cavett was a guest on 'The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson' (Weeknights, 12:37AM on CBS), and he talked about how it can start to get to you. More specifically, it can make you think you're losing your mind.

He shared with Ferguson a story of Johnny Carson, wherein the former 'Tonight Show' host confided in Cavett that he feared he was losing his mind. "Do you ever forget who you had on?" he'd asked Cavett one night when he was still hosting. Cavett had hosted his own show off and on for decades already to this point.

To ease Carson's mind, Cavett told a story of a slip of his own. "I came home one night after one of my one-person shows," he said, indicating he'd only had one guest. When someone asked him who he'd had on shortly after taping had wrapped, Cavett couldn't recall.

"It was kind of an obscure name," he admitted. "Lucille Ball."

Carson's fears stemmed from forgetting momentarily any of the four guests he'd had on his show that day, but Cavett had forgotten one of the single most influential and important women in the history of the entertainment medium. Cavett definitely won that "losing his marbles" contest.

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