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'The Magic Hour'
Debut: June 8th, 1998
Lifespan: Four months
Earvin "Magic" Johnson is an all-time great basketball player, an overly generous baseball team co-owner and possibly the worst late night host of all time. For four months in 1998, Johnson's one magic trick was making laughter disappear with his nightmare of a syndicated talk show. No one had more fun at The Magic Hour's expense than Howard Stern, who used his morning show to ridicule Johnson's lack of stage presence and poor comedic timing. Within a month of teasing The Magic Hour, Stern and his cohort Robin Quivers visited Johnson's couch. Stern immediately hijacked the show and gave Magic an impromptu lesson on how to interview guests by pressing Magic about his sex life.