Beloved U.S. comedian and TV host Johnny Carson’s second wife has denied allegations in a new tell-all book suggesting she cheated on the star during their nine-year marriage.
Henry Bushkin, Carson’s lawyer for 18 years, claims he helped the comedian break into Joanne Copeland’s apartment, after suspecting her of having an affair with former American footballer Frank Gifford, who was also married at the time.
Bushkin alleges the TV host told him, “I have reason to believe my wife is cheating on me. I also have an idea who the son of a b**** is that she’s shacking up with.”
The lawyer-turned-biographer also reveals Carson was carrying a gun the night of the break-in, writing, “I was shocked to see that Johnny was carrying a .38 revolver in a holster on his hip.”
However, Joanne, who was married to Carson from 1963 to 1972, has spoken out about the story, insisting it is completely false.
She tells the New York Post, “He (Bushkin) should release it under fiction… I do know that Johnny was jealous of him (Gifford) because he knew that he had been a friend of mine.”
Joanne is not sure if Carson ever broke into the apartment, which belonged to her secretary, but she is adamant her ex would never carry a gun.
She continues, “He was terrified of guns.”
Gifford’s current wife, U.S. TV personality Kathie Lee Gifford, who married Frank in 1986, has also dismissed Bushkin’s claims, joking, “(He) was accused of it (having an affair)… with everybody.”
Carson passed away from respiratory failure due to emphysema in 2005.