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    Monday
    Feb132017

    Rayburn gets a chance to host The Tonight Show for a week while Johnny Carson's on vaction!

    Back in late 60's Gene Rayburn was asked to host The Tonight Show for a week while Johnny Carson was away on vacation. Since Gene and I were working together on The Match Game and having a lot of fun, he asked me to come up with something silly we could do on The Tonight Show. I told Gene I did pretty good prat falls, why don't I go on the show as a spokesperson for "The National Safety Council" and trip while entering the set. Gene liked the idea, and we did it. I must say it went off very, very well. And this is the video. I have to thank  Chelsea Thrasher  for finding this clip. She works in TV and was helping a friend do some research on Gene Rayburn. When this clip surfaced she contacted me to ask if I wanted a copy. Boy, did I!!! I had a kinescope copy made back in the late 60's when Gene & I did this, but no one had been able to digitize it. So THANK YOU, Chelsea!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=da1aifSJ9j4

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