Video: The Joan Vs. Johnny Show

Carson gets a new rival, and a "fourth network" is born

"Can we talk?" When Joan Rivers blurts out her famous catchphrase, it usually signals a barrage of one-liners. But when the brassy comedian posed a similar query to Johnny Carson on the phone last week, the upshot was quite different. According to Rivers, Carson hung up.

That, it seems, was the end of a beautiful friendship and the start of what could be one of the keenest TV rivalries in many a season. Rivers, who has been the Tonight show's permanent "guest host" for the past three years, announced that she is leaving the NBC fold. Her new job: host of...

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