Joan was Carson's favorite and became his permanent fill in host on The Tonight Show. She went behind his back and swung a deal to compete with him on Fox. Her starting time was half an hour before the Tonight Show. Carson was livid and never spoke to her again. Along with Carson's anger was his threat to all shows that would have her on. She ended up doing stand up in small clubs around the country. It was Home Shopping and her make-up / costume jewelry that revitalized her bank account.