Deadbeat Dad Series: Christopher Carson’s Daughter(Johnny Carson’s Disowned Granddaughter)


Most people know who the late comedian Johnny Carson was.  Very few people knew that his son, Christopher, had a biracial daughter whom he neither sees nor support her in a fatherly way.  In fact, he went out of his way to deny that he ever fathered his biracial daughter, Christal Love.

When Christopher’s girlfriend Tanena Love was pregnant, his father was outraged and urged him to give up her and her unborn child or else be disinherited in disowned.  He chose privilege and racism over supporting his own flesh and blood.

A decade after the death of America’s favorite late night kingpin, Johnny Carson’s granddaughter is still struggling to get by in life.


Johnny left behind a $450 million estate when he died Jan. 23, 2005, from emphysema – but none of it landed in the hands of Christal, now 28. “We never disputed the situation,” Christal’s mom, Tanena Love, 63, exclusively told The National ENQUIRER.
Her lawyer claimed in a child support dispute that Christal was the product of a secret 10-year relationship Tanena had with Johnny’s son Christopher, who lived of his dad’s monthly stipend in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., while trying to become a pro golfer.
Johnny got wind of the interracial romance when Tanena was 6 months pregnant.
Livid, he ordered his son to end it or lose his cash flow. Christopher promptly abandoned his lover and their unborn child.
A Florida judge later ordered him to pay child support. While Grandpa Johnny lived the high life, at one point, Christal had to live off welfare and Medicaid.
Christal spent many heart wrenching years trying to connect with Johnny, who rejected all her holiday cards. Sadly, when Christal was 16, Tanena took her to see her dad at his home in 2003. Christopher ordered them off his property and told them to “never come back,” claimed Tanena.

Let’s not forget the treatment the late night show “king” Johnny Carson and his deep hatred for his son’s then-girlfriend and granddaughter. He did everything in his power to break up the relationship which his coward son did. When the girl, who’s now 21, was born, Massa Carson and his coward son did their darndest to keep the tapes of his granddaughter out of the media and refused to answer the letters or cards his granddaughter sent her.

That brings me to the 1987 Sun-Sentinel news article regarding Christal Love Carson’s’ “father’s” lack of fatherly support, leaving his only child in abject poverty while he lived the high life, supported by his very wealthy father.  He never held a job in his life.  That’s how entitled and spoiled Christopher Carson was and still is to this day.

Johnny Carson`s Grandchild On Welfare

Dad Is In Court

March 25, 1987|By MARCI RICHARDSON, Staff Writer

The grandchild of talk show host Johnny Carson is being raised on welfare in a Fort Lauderdale trailer, while Carson`s son is fighting a request for child support.

Christopher Allen Carson, 36, was ordered by a Broward Circuit judge on Tuesday to pay $125 a week in temporary child support for the daughter born out-of-wedlock eight months ago.

Carson`s attorney had offered $50 a week, saying the sum would be more than adequate for a childless than a year old.

“I think it`s a disgusting offer. It`s insulting,“ said Jeffrey Miller, the Fort Lauderdale attorney representing the infant`s mother. “The child is living in a hovel. I mean she is living in abject poverty. I have photos of this child with rodent bites.“

Miller asked for $300 a week. He said Carson has not been gainfully employed in seven years, although he is a member of the Professional Golfers Association and had previously worked as a pro at the Plantation Golf Club.

Despite his lack of regular income, Carson testified that he owns free-and- clear two cars and a $119,000 house in a waterfront Fort Lauderdale neighborhood. In addition, Carson said he has a bank account with a balance of $35,000.

All of his assets, Carson said, were gifts from his father.

Drue Wilson, personal assistant to the popular television star, said she knew nothing about the situation or pending legal squabbles.

“My comment is no comment,“ Wilson said from NBC headquarters in Burbank, Calif.

But Miller contended it was Johnny Carson`s influence that prompted his son to break a nine-year relationship with Tanena Love Green and abandon her in the midst of her pregnancy.

He said the couple had planned to have the child, but Christopher Carson withdrew his financial and moral support about four months after Christal Love Carson was conceived when his father learned the child`s mother was black.

Green, 35, filed a paternity suit a short time later.

“I think if I had blonde hair maybe and blue eyes, his family would accept me and their only grandchild,“ said the now-unemployed model and entertainer.

Christopher Carson`s Miami attorney, Herbert Stettin, countered that Green is simply trying to milk his client to support her and two teen-age children from two prior marriages.

The $125 support figure reached on Tuesday is only temporary, cautioned Broward Circuit Judge Robert C. Abel Jr. He said Christopher Carson is obliged by law to provide for his child.

The ultimate amount, however, will be decided in July at a final hearing. And that, the judge said, “is a distinct and different ballgame.“

10 thoughts on “Deadbeat Dad Series: Christopher Carson’s Daughter(Johnny Carson’s Disowned Granddaughter)

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    1. I now do not want to watch any of the Jonny Carson tapes we bought recently. He was a horrible person…and a racist! That poor girl needs a good attorney…as his blood granddaughter, she can get money. She needs a good friend.


      1. Money for grandchildren from grandpa’s estate? Yeah good luck with that. You don’t even have to leave your kids a cent. I got nothing from my grandfather, as did my mother and expected nothing even though we were always on good terms.


  1. I have never understood why child support always seems to be the fathers responsibility, never the mothers.


  2. Because as a man and father you are or should want to be a protector and provider but there are so many men who dont know who they are or why they are they ask questions like this


  3. It was not Johnny Carson’s legal obligation to give anything to his granddaughter. There is no law that states anyone deserves to cash in on someone else’s earnings. So sick of children wanting what they never earned. Or relatives thinking they have a right to be taken care of. To say Johnny was evil is perpetuating rumors from those, who never personally knew him but who like drama.


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