Betty White and Johnny Carson Play Adam & Eve in Hysterical 1979 Skit: Video

by Jennifer Shea

In a hilarious 1979 skit, actress Betty White and late-night host Johnny Carson team up to play Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.

Betty White and Johnny Carson Team Up for Skit

The skit drew its inspiration from the case of actor Lee Marvin in 1979. In that case, actress Michelle Triola, Marvin’s girlfriend of five to six years, sued Marvin seeking compensation similar to what was available for married couples who divorced.

A California court upheld her right to sue him but tossed out her claim, ordering Marvin to pay her a small amount for “rehabilitation,” the Associated Press reported.

 In the skit, Eve argues to Adam that they’ve been living like a married couple, so she’s entitled to half of everything he has – including the infamous snake. Adam repeatedly exclaims, “You’ve got to be kidding!”

Finally, God steps in to settle the dispute, sending the first lawyer, a red-horned creature in a suit. He hands Adam a palimony bill, whereupon Eve promptly makes off with Adam’s fig leaf.

White and Carson in Later Years

White is most famous for her stints on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “The Golden Girls,” playing two very different characters. On the former, Sue Ann Nivens was a gutsy and romantically aggressive cooking show host. On the latter, Rose Nylund was a sweet and innocent naif.

White won multiple Emmy Awards for her television performances, according to In more recent years, she played recurring roles on “Boston Legal” and “The Bold and the Beautiful,” a soap opera.

In 2010, White became wildly popular after appearing in a candy bar ad during the Super Bowl. A subsequent Facebook campaign landed her a hosting gig on “Saturday Night Live.”

That same year, White also joined the cast of “Hot in Cleveland,” a sitcom starring Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves and Wendie Malick. And more recently, in 2019, she lent her voice to the movie Toy Story 4.

As for Carson, during his 30-year stint hosting “The Tonight Show,” he won four Emmy Awards, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, a Kennedy Center Honor and got inducted into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame, per Britannica.

Before his late-night hosting gig, Carson appeared in “Days of Wine & Roses.”

Carson also shot a pilot for a primetime TV series that no network picked up, according to IMDB.

Over the years, Carson had come down with emphysema. And he underwent quadruple bypass surgery in 1999. Carson died peacefully in Los Angeles on Jan. 23, 2005.

Watch the Garden of Eden skit here: