Television: Here's Johnny

After nine days off the air and on the lam, Johnny Carson came home to NBC. All was forgiven. Johnny was for givin' NBC the benefit of his presence if NBC was for givin' him the present of their benefits—that is, a lot more cash and a little more say-so over who runs the Johnny Carson show Tonight.

The contractual spat was abuilding before the AFTRA strike confused Carson's position (TIME, April 14). While it was true that he objected to NBC's rerunning of his old tapes during the strike, Carson's chief concern was his own future. Some time...

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