The Tomorrow Show (1973)

Season 7 Episode 121

April 17, 1980

Aired Weekdays 12:30 AM Apr 17, 1980 on NBC
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April 17, 1980
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Host Tom Snyder's guest is television talk show host Mike Douglas discusses how he'll be starting again since CBS has dumped his show and is replacing it with the "John Davidson Show." He says that he'll stop taping with Westinghouse on Friday and begin again with the new syndicator on the following Monday. He's surprised because his ratings have been great since they've moved to Hollywood and he can't understand their reasoning. He says that the executives knew about it for a long time yet they congratulated him and acted normally on his anniversary show. He says that he had to find out the bad news from his staff and that the execs did not even have the decency to tell him to his face. They offered to keep him for specials but he feels it was because they want him to bail them out in case the new show sinks. He says that even if they begged him to come back he would not because they acted very ungentlemanly to him. He says he was angry when he found out but that it gave him added strength to do the two shows that day. He says that he learned to live with these things and grow strong from them. Out of the 22 people who worked with him there 19 will follow him to the new show. He claims the new show will look and sound better but the format will remain unchanged. He says he sang professionally at the age of 8 and he inherited his ability from his mother. He says that he got a chance to substitute for a talk show host and that was the beginning for him. He left for Hollywood in '45 with his wife who was pregnant with his twin daughters. He did nightclubs and got an offer to do films or sing with Kay Keyser. He took the band offer but was almost ready to sell real estate before he got the gig. He estimates he has done 25,000 interviews to date.

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