Bushkin is Carson’s attorney and his latest tell-all book claims a night out with Johnny revealed who Carson’s second wife had slept with behind his back.
Johnny Carson, a private eye and Bushkin decided to break in to a secret apartment of Joanne Carson to figure out who she might be having an affair with. The group of unsuspecting men were quite shocked to find out it was none other than Frank Gifford.
An excerpt of the book reads like this:
Carson leaned against the living room wall and began to weep. I could see that Carson’s raincoat had fallen open. I was shocked to see that Jonny was carrying a .38 revolver in a holster on his hip.
Bushkin was Carson’s lawyer for almost 20 years, although he was much more to Carson than just an attorney. He was his friend and confidant.
After their escapade and Carson’s heartbreak of a second failed marriage, they went directly to a local bar. A drunk Carson told Bushkin:
Joanne has broken my heart, to the extent I ever had one. I drink every night and I chase all the p****y I can get.
Bushkin wrote the book long after a falling out the late night entertainer and he had in 1988.
Eamon Dolan of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt explains to the New York Times:
He was as close as anyone could be to Carson. And he uses that intimacy brilliantly to show what made Carson so vastly charming and yet so inscrutable.
Carson hired Bushkin when the young attorney was just twenty-seven years of age. The year was 1970 and Carson was a large commodity in the entertainment industry. Breaking in to Joanne Carson’s apartment wasn’t the one and only ordeal these two experienced together.
Bushkin also helped Carson avoid any involvement with the mob.
Bushkin tells other tales, that aren’t so sordid. Hosting the inaugural concert of Ronald Reagan led to Carson keeping a drunk Dean Martin from appearing on the stage during the concert. Carson was known to socialize with Frank Sinatra, Jack Lemmon, Jimmy Stewart, Kirk Douglas and other well-known entertainers, singers and actors.
The book delves into the reasons why Carson always felt he had to be married and why he was a womanizer. Carson didn’t attend his mother’s funeral nor did he visit his son in the hospital. Bushkin covers all of the heartbreaking experiences that made Carson the man he was.
If you’re interested in purchasing a copy of “Johnny Carson,” you can find a copy here.