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'Tonight' Show Host Jack Paar Dies

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'Tonight' Show Host Jack Paar Dies

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'Tonight' Show Host Jack Paar Dies

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Jack Paar, host of the the Tonight show from 1957 to 1962, died Tuesday at 85. Paar was replaced by Johnny Carson and then hosted his own weekly prime time show on NBC.

"My show was different, because it was live," Paar told Scott Simon on Weekend Edition in 1997, contrasting his pioneering show of the 50 and 60s from today's late-night programs. "And you really... had a sense of time. You knew you were watching a late show. It's lost its feeling of — of being a night show, were people talk softly, where you play show music, where your ticket said: 'a jacket is requested.' No one does that today."

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