U.S. talk show legend Johnny Carson has been laid bare by his longtime lawyer in a new tell-all book - dubbing him a "great star" but a "miserable human being".
Henry Bushkin spills details of the former Tonight Show host's alleged extramarital affairs, struggle with depression and family turmoil in the new tome, reports the New York Post.
He writes: "He was a great star, but not a great man. Many great comedians were miserable human beings... Johnny suffered a great many demons brought about by what I call a toxic sort of mother. His mother couldn't give a compliment. He's the biggest star in the world and she couldn't even acknowledge it."
Bushkin alleges his former pal also frequently entertained female company while doing stand-up comedy in Las Vegas, adding there were "18 beautiful girls in the chorus line that opened his act... and he was certainly involved with some of them".
Once serving as Carson's agent and manager, he adds: "At one time we did everything together. At the end, he treated me like everybody else - like I didn't exist. At the end, it was like I was an irritant. In many respects, he was the saddest guy I ever knew."