Show Business: Here'$ Johnny

And there's $13,123 an hour

Inflation is a cruel thing. Gucci is now charging $110 for a pair of loafers, and you can't get a hamburger at "21" for less than $10. A Rolls-Royce? Don't ask. So what's a fella gonna do at Christmas time but ask Santa for a raise? Which brings us to Johnny Carson, who has been put-putting along on only $1.5 million a year. Last week jolly old NBC raised its No. 1 star a cool $1 million, to $2.5 million per.

To sweeten the deal even further, NBC also reduced Carson's work load. Johnny, a...

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