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VIDEO: Joan Rivers Returns to Tonight Show for First Interview in 26 Years

Three hosts later, she's back!

Joan Rivers is making a comeback — on the the Tonight Show, at least.

After Johnny Carson banned the comedienne from the show in the 1980s for leaving and hosting her own late-night show without first telling him personally, Rivers finally landed her first interview on the show in 26 years.

And for her big return on Thursday night, Rivers didn’t play it safe when chatting with host Jimmy Fallon. Previously, Rivers made a appearance in honor of Fallon’s debut as host, but she saved her best jokes (which made even Fallon a little uncomfortable) for the official sit-down interview.

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