Johnny Carson Rejected a Lazy Part on ‘The Simpsons’ Until the Writers Got Creative

After Johnny Carson ended his 30-year run and retired from The Tonight Showhe was asked to lend his voice to the animated classic the simpsons. But the original idea for his part of him did not exactly suit him.

Depicting him as himself, writers wrote him to be a “bad brother-in-law”-type staying with the Simpsons, lazing around their house in his retirement. He turned that pitch down, but the writers weren’t ready to give up on him. They finally got him to agree to lend his voice to him when they created something perhaps more suitable.

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