Don't expect a joke-filled start when Magic Johnson takes over his late-night television talk show.

"If they think I'm going to do a monologue, then we're all going to be in trouble," Johnson told the TV Guide for its June 6 issue. But the basketball great, who retired after he contracted HIV, says he's convinced that viewers are ready for a change."The element of the unknown is out there, but that's the thing that drives me. I'm a confident person, and I work hard to be the best. I think I have a sense of what people want," he said.

Johnson said his guest appearances on "The Tonight Show" and "Arsenio" sparked his desire to host his own show. It became his "secret fantasy," he said.



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