STEVE ALLEN’S LAST TONIGHT SHOW APPEARANCE ON THIS DATE IN 1957

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The Tonight Show is a  late-night talk show that has aired on NBC-TV since 1954. It is the longest currently running regularly scheduled entertainment program in the United States, and the third longest-running show on NBC, after Meet the Press and Today. The first host of  the show was Steve Allen(above). Allen departed Tonight after NBC ordered him to concentrate all his efforts on his Sunday night variety program,The Steve Allen Show, hoping to combat CBS-TV and The Ed Sullivan Show’s dominance of the Sunday night ratings. Below is a clip from the first Tonight Show that aired on Monday night, September 27, 1954.

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FIRST HOST OF THE TONIGHT SHOW BORN ON THIS DATE IN 1921

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        Steve Allen, December 26, 1921  –  October 30, 2000

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Allen was the host of The Tonight Show from 1954 to 1957. He
is known as the innovator of the TV talk show.

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