Sonny & Cher Reunite, November 13, 1987

The return of Cher to Late Night with David Letterman was destined to be a ratings winner. A press-fueled rumor lingered of a Cher/Letterman feud. Cher had nailed Letterman on her previous appearance, calling him “an asshole” following a string of typically indulgent Letterman questions. This time, Sonny joined Cher for the interview. Any viewers hoping to […]

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Oprah Confesses, January 13, 1995

Oprah was used to hearing confessions, but on January 13, 1995, she dropped a bombshell of her own. During a feature about mothers battling addiction to drugs, Winfrey spontaneously interrupted her guest, saying: “I relate to your story so much. In my twenties, I have done this drug. I know exactly what you’re talking about. […]

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Trashing TV for Nielsen, October 1988

Geraldo Rivera had taken note when his 1987 episode “Men in Lace Panties and the Women Who Love Them,” brought higher ratings. Disguising journalism and education with sensation, Rivera’s latest incarnation,Geraldo, intended to wring out the last drop of journalistic integrity for mass appeal and financial gain. In October, 1988, Geraldo put racism in the […]

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OPEN END: David Susskind and Nikita Khrushchev, October 9, 1960

David Susskind was the forerunner to Donahue, Geraldo, Bill O’Reilly, and Dick Cavett, but in truth, Susskind came across as a quasi-intellectual New Yorker more closely related to current day Bill Maher. His confrontational approach created a show in which anything could happen. Over the years, beginning in 1958, Susskind, a former actor, covered hot-button […]

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Tiny Tim Marries Miss Vickie, December 17, 1969

Tiny Tim was one of the most unlikely pop culture heroes ever. Sporting stringy hair and elongated nose, his eccentric personality matched his bizarre looks. His popularity soared to new heights with appearances on Rowan and Martin’s Laugh In, and his debut album release in 1968 scored him a Top Twenty pop hit, Tip Toe […]

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