Writer Bill Zehme back from 'very dark place'

Posted on April 29, 2016 by Dave - Carson Entertainment Group | 1 comment

Bill Zehme, one of the most successful and influential magazine writers and biographers of his generation, was granted the only Carson interview after the late-night legend's 1992 retirement from the "Tonight Show." That interview became, a decade later, an Esquire magazine story that so pleased Carson that he wrote Zehme a note thanking him. A deal for an autobiography on Johnny Carson came in 2005. The Carson book was tentatively titled "Carson the Magnificent: An Intimate Portrait" and Bill started to work on it … and work on it and work on it. In 2013 Bill and producer John Davies, worked out a deal with NBC for a miniseries about the life of Johnny Carson that would use the still unpublished book he was working on as source material. Unfortunately, shortly after that Bill was diagnosed with colorectal cancer and has been fighting it ever since. The following article has some good news on Bill's fight with cancer. We send Bill some heart-felt well wishes and hope that he will be able to return to doing the things that he loves. Best wishes Bill!
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  • katie

    I’m so glad Bill is doing better! I can’t wait to read Bill’s book on Johnny. I just know it will be wonderful. His profile on Johnny in 2002 was touching and enlightening.


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