JOHNNY CARSON’s ex-wife Joanna Holland wants to make one thing perfectly clear. That’s not her cavorting around in a hard-core sex tape with the legendary “Tonight Show” host.
In an exclusive ENQUIRER interview, former model Joanna told us she was furious that she’d been drawn into an ugly scandal over the tawdry tape, which is being offered for sale to private collectors.
The X-rated video reportedly features Carson frolicking in the nude with a dark-haired woman. Since it was reported that the tape was filmed shortly after the “King of Late Night” married third wife Joanna Holland, it’s been suggested it’s her in the video.
Not so, says Joanna.
“The woman in the alleged sex tape is not me!” Holland – who was married to Carson from 1972 to 1985 – told The ENQUIRER.
“When the sex tape story broke I was immediately made aware by my attorney that at least one news outlet falsely reported it was me in the tape. But I can assure you that is not the case!”
According to published reports, the raunchy video reportedly opens with a naked Carson pleasuring himself near a pool. He’s then joined by a dark-haired woman who performs oral sex on him.
After the five-minute pool scene, the tape cuts to a steamy 20-minute sex romp between the two in a bedroom.
The tape’s owner tried to sell it to the Carson estate in September, according to the celebrity website TMZ. But the estate balked at buying the footage, and threatened to slap the owner with a lawsuit if the tape became public.
For legal reasons the tape can only be sold to a private collector and not a porno outfit, the site reported.
“I do believe it’s likely that a sex tape with Johnny does exist and was probably shot sometime in the ’60s,” added Holland, 74.
“But I cannot speculate on the identity of the woman with him in the tape.
“The only thing I can tell you for sure is the woman in the video is definitely NOT me! I think it’s absolutely awful that someone out there could have a sex tape of Johnny that they’re trying to sell and exploit his reputation.”
Carson ruled late-night TV from 1962 until he retired in 1992, with his “Tonight Show” winning its ratings period for every one of those 30 years.
During that time, he also won six Emmys and hosted the Academy Awards five times from 1979 to 1984.
After his retirement, the notoriously private Carson avoided the spotlight, and lived quietly with his fourth wife Alexis Mass in Malibu, Calif.
A decades-long smoker, he died at age 79 of respiratory failure due to emphysema in January 2005.
Holland, who received $20 million in cash and property in the couple’s divorce, added: “Johnny was a good man, a legend. Whoever is behind this should be ashamed!”