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Rather than continuing with the same format after Allen and Kovacs'departure from Tonight, NBC changed the show's format to a news andfeatures show, similar to that of the network's popular morning program Today. The new show, renamed Tonight!America After Dark, was hosted first by Jack Lescoulie and then by Al"Jazzbo" Collins, with interviews conducted by Hy Gardner, and music provided by the Lou Stein Trio. This new version of theshow was not popular, resulting in a significant number of NBC affiliatesdropping the show.
Prinze suffered from depression, and on January 28,1977, shot himself with a small automatic pistol after talking on the telephonewith his estranged wife. His business manager, Marvin "Dusty" Snyder,tried to intervene, but Prinze shot himself in the head, and was rushed to the UCLA Medical Center to be placed on life supportfollowing emergency surgery.