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Actually, it wasn't. A month later, Paar returned, though he'd decided to return shortly after walking off the show. "The press was all around the house," Paar remembers. "So my wife and I climbed over a fence at midnight, and this guy brought a private plane into the Westchester Airport and took us out of there. And on the plane I read a column by John Crosby, a great television writer with the Herald Tribune. He had kind of needled me and made me mad, saying, 'This guy's given up everything, and nobody will want him,' or something like that.
We weren't, and he let us know it," the Globe reported in March 1996. That sentiment was echoed by Maria Richardson, Danny's teacher's aid at the Desert Hot Springs Elementary School from 1976 to 1978. " One particularly painful episode was Danny's "graduation" from grade six, which neither parent attended, Regis because he was involved with work and Kay because the administration turned her away when she showed up apparently intoxicated. Regis would later develop a close relationship with his son, but in those early years after his divorce from Kay his contact with Amy and Danny was sporadic, not only because they lived in different cities but also because Regis was starting a new life.
Like David Letterman would do decades later, Allen also often did silly man-on-the-street bits that required quick comic wit and improvisation. For 90 minutes a night, six nights a week, Allen kept up this grueling creative pace, and, beginning in the summer of 1956, NBC doubled his duties by giving him a Sunday-night variety hour, hoping to put a dent in Ed Sullivan's ratings. Not even Allen could keep up that pace, so in 1956 Ernie Kovacs was enlisted to sub for him on Monday and Tuesday nights.