Mike Douglas was an afternoon television talk show host in the 1960’s and 70’s. Many mom’s would have him on TV while doing housework when the kids got home from school. Everybody knew who he was. He would often have rock n roll acts on his show. They would talk and perform their latest hits. Among the most famous were a week of shows with John Lennon and Yoko Ono.
Others who appeared over the years included Janis Joplin, Chuck Berry, The Beach Boys, KISS and Pat Benatar. His show was abruptly canceled in 1981 while still popular. He came to the attention of a bunch of new fans when Eddie Murphy referenced him in the dinner table scene in the movie The Nutty Professor. “Oh, Mike Douglas. You know, Mike Douglas used to make me moist when I’d watch his show. I admit it. I would get moist when I watched his show. Only white man ever did that to me was Mike Douglas.”
When we talked with him back in 1998 he was promoting an album of music he recorded back in the 1950’s when he was a popular singer. Here from August 18, 1998 is the Stan and Haney interview with TV talk show legend Michael Douglas.