Was Joey Bishop bitter much? Oh yeah …
Bishop doesn’t care for Johnny Carson, Regis Philbin, Jerry Lewis and many others. His disdain for Carson dates to 1965, when Frank, Dino and Sammy did a benefit in St. Louis for St. Dismas House. Johnny stood in for an ailing Joey. “I was in the hospital and I’ll never forgive Johnny for saying that I hurt my back bowing to Sinatra. He was way out of line. If he wanted to say that, he could have also said, ‘Joey, get well.’ Johnny didn’t know his place that night. I knew my place, you understand? And he had a great deal of respect for me, Frank did.”
Bishop says he unequivocally “despises” Lewis for supposedly “making a stooge out of Dean” during their famed comedy partnership. And he still considers Philbin “an ingrate” for walking off their late night talk show during a salary dispute and then later bad-mouthing Bishop in a book.
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