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September 23, 1992 | DANIEL CERONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
During Monday night's taping of "The Tonight Show," executive producer Helen Kushnick sat in her customary chair, overseeing the proceedings of NBC's prestigious late-night franchise for the final time. Today, there's a photo of her at the main guard gate on the NBC lot in Burbank with instructions not to let her in.
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August 29, 1996 | From Associated Press
Helen Gorman Kushnick, who helped engineer Jay Leno's rise from small-time comic to host of "The Tonight Show" only to be fired four months after he replaced Johnny Carson, has died. She was 51. Kushnick died Wednesday at her home in Manhattan after a long battle with cancer, said Jane Rosenthal, a close friend. Kushnick had been Leno's manager for years and became executive producer of "The Tonight Show" when he began hosting it full time on May 25, 1992.
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March 4, 1996 | JOANNA LEE, Joanna Lee is an Emmy Award-winning writer-producer. She has received four Writers Guild of America nominations, four Directors Guild of America nominations and five Emmy nominations. Besides an Emmy for "The Waltons," she has received the Humanitas and Christopher awards. She has just completed her first book, "A Difficult Woman in Hollywood--A Story of Survival."
To quote the TV Times cover story of Feb. 18, "Finding the right actors to play Jay Leno and David Letterman in HBO's 'The Late Shift' was a delicate challenge for executive producer Ivan Reitman." The story goes on to say how actor Daniel Roebuck had to spend 4 1/4 hours in makeup every day to look like Leno. John Michael Higgins was luckier. He had a physical resemblance to Letterman. He just snapped in false teeth. Both researched the role by turning on their television sets. So far so good.
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March 4, 1996 | JOANNA LEE, Joanna Lee is an Emmy Award-winning writer-producer. She has received four Writers Guild of America nominations, four Directors Guild of America nominations and five Emmy nominations. Besides an Emmy for "The Waltons," she has received the Humanitas and Christopher awards. She has just completed her first book, "A Difficult Woman in Hollywood--A Story of Survival."
To quote the TV Times cover story of Feb. 18, "Finding the right actors to play Jay Leno and David Letterman in HBO's 'The Late Shift' was a delicate challenge for executive producer Ivan Reitman." The story goes on to say how actor Daniel Roebuck had to spend 4 1/4 hours in makeup every day to look like Leno. John Michael Higgins was luckier. He had a physical resemblance to Letterman. He just snapped in false teeth. Both researched the role by turning on their television sets. So far so good.
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September 22, 1992 | DANIEL CERONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
NBC fired Helen Kushnick, executive producer of "The Tonight Show," on Monday in an effort to shore up damaged relations with the entertainment industry. The move was also seen as a way to stem the tide of bad publicity generated by the late-night booking war between "The Tonight Show" and its syndicated competitor, "The Arsenio Hall Show."
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October 6, 1992 | DANIEL CERONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jay Leno, host of NBC's "The Tonight Show," Monday defended the fired executive producer of the series, Helen Kushnick, who was dismissed by the network Sept. 21 amid a furor over tactics in the booking wars of late-night series. Speaking to a luncheon of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences at the Universal Hilton, Leno said that ultimately he took responsibility for the show's problems. After being fired, Kushnick suggested that sexism might have been a factor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 3, 1988 | LOIS TIMNICK
In 1983, 3-year-old Sammy Kushnick became one of the first children to die of AIDS, the fatal disease that by now has claimed the lives of nearly 600 other youngsters. But Sammy, who got AIDS from a blood transfusion he received as a premature baby, is more than a statistic.
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September 21, 1992 | LEE MARGULIES, TIMES TELEVISION EDITOR
Worried about a growing rift between "The Tonight Show" and the entertainment industry on which it depends for guests, NBC is considering changing the management of television's premiere late-night series. At stake is the future of executive producer Helen Kushnick, a longtime associate of "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno. In an unusual statement, NBC declared late Friday that it is "considering modifications to the show's management structure."
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September 15, 1992 | DANIEL CERONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Country artist Travis Tritt has been banned permanently from "The Tonight Show," according to his manager, Ken Kragen, because Kragen would not cancel Tritt's scheduled November appearance on "The Arsenio Hall Show" to do the NBC program instead.
NEWS
August 29, 1996 | From Associated Press
Helen Gorman Kushnick, who helped engineer Jay Leno's rise from small-time comic to host of "The Tonight Show" only to be fired four months after he replaced Johnny Carson, has died. She was 51. Kushnick died Wednesday at her home in Manhattan after a long battle with cancer, said Jane Rosenthal, a close friend. Kushnick had been Leno's manager for years and became executive producer of "The Tonight Show" when he began hosting it full time on May 25, 1992.
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October 6, 1992 | DANIEL CERONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jay Leno, host of NBC's "The Tonight Show," Monday defended the fired executive producer of the series, Helen Kushnick, who was dismissed by the network Sept. 21 amid a furor over tactics in the booking wars of late-night series. Speaking to a luncheon of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences at the Universal Hilton, Leno said that ultimately he took responsibility for the show's problems. After being fired, Kushnick suggested that sexism might have been a factor.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 23, 1992 | DANIEL CERONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
During Monday night's taping of "The Tonight Show," executive producer Helen Kushnick sat in her customary chair, overseeing the proceedings of NBC's prestigious late-night franchise for the final time. Today, there's a photo of her at the main guard gate on the NBC lot in Burbank with instructions not to let her in.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 22, 1992 | DANIEL CERONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
NBC fired Helen Kushnick, executive producer of "The Tonight Show," on Monday in an effort to shore up damaged relations with the entertainment industry. The move was also seen as a way to stem the tide of bad publicity generated by the late-night booking war between "The Tonight Show" and its syndicated competitor, "The Arsenio Hall Show."
ENTERTAINMENT
September 21, 1992 | LEE MARGULIES, TIMES TELEVISION EDITOR
Worried about a growing rift between "The Tonight Show" and the entertainment industry on which it depends for guests, NBC is considering changing the management of television's premiere late-night series. At stake is the future of executive producer Helen Kushnick, a longtime associate of "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno. In an unusual statement, NBC declared late Friday that it is "considering modifications to the show's management structure."
ENTERTAINMENT
September 15, 1992 | DANIEL CERONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Country artist Travis Tritt has been banned permanently from "The Tonight Show," according to his manager, Ken Kragen, because Kragen would not cancel Tritt's scheduled November appearance on "The Arsenio Hall Show" to do the NBC program instead.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 3, 1988 | LOIS TIMNICK
In 1983, 3-year-old Sammy Kushnick became one of the first children to die of AIDS, the fatal disease that by now has claimed the lives of nearly 600 other youngsters. But Sammy, who got AIDS from a blood transfusion he received as a premature baby, is more than a statistic.
NEWS
October 4, 1992
Firing Helen Kushnick (L.A. Times, Sept. 23) won't help "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" (NBC), but getting better writers will. Leno's monologues are all the same and the comedy bits are dull, when there any at all. Maggie Sievers, Van Nuys
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September 25, 1992 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
More on 'Tonight': Helen Kushnick may be out as executive producer of "The Tonight Show," but the break is not total. As president of Big Dog Productions, which produces "The Tonight Show" with NBC Productions, Kushnick retains a financial stake in the late-night program. However, NBC maintains that she will make no decisions regarding the show. Kushnick, meanwhile, will not resume her role as Jay Leno's manager, says her publicist.
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