'The Late Show, Starring Joan Rivers' (1986)
In 1986, Rivers launched a late-night talk show that was rife with controversy – and tragedy – and which would change the trajectory of her career. The Late Show With Joan Rivers only aired for two seasons, but it caused an irreparable rift between her and Carson when she became his rival – and he subsequently banned her from his show. Supposedly she and Carson never spoke again. (He died in 2005, but the ban would span almost 30 years because both Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien upheld it.) Rivers also blamed the show for the death of producer-husband Edgar Rosenberg, who she claimed committed suicide in 1987 over the "embarrassment" of the pair being fired from the show. The Late Show would go on without them, featuring Arsenio Hall and, later, Ross Shafer. One of the show's highlights, though, included Rivers going tête-à-tête with fellow comic icon Lucille Ball.