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1990s | The heir

The Tonight Show (tv program)David LettermanJay Leno
David Letterman, who currently hosts "The Late Show," was considered Carson's heir-apparent and counts Carson among his mentors. But when Carson retired in 1992, "The Tonight Show" signed Jay Leno, who had been Carson's guest host for years. This prompted Letterman to leave NBC for CBS to start... Associated Press