I thought the '90s talk icon was popping his head up for some reason.And for your search accuracy I will point out you're talking about "Phil" Donahue.
It's Bill "Donohue", which I mention only for search accuracy.
(and calling him a '90s talk icon kind of devalues the first 2 decades of his show)
Now I'm reminded of how much I miss Phil
I remember, as a kid, on the days when I'd be sick/home from school, I'd watch 'Donahue' from 9-10am with my mom (funny how we remember the time slots of shows we loved ~ weekdays, 12:00pm Flintstones, 12:30pm Rocket Robin Hood)
And Vince, your comment about the "90s talk icon" thing was exactly what I was going to say
I mean, wasn't his infamous interview with Madalyn Murray O'Hair from 1967
?? (I wish I'd been around to see that). I do really miss his show.......he was always intelligent and compassionate and interested, and at his best doing those 'provocative' topics. I really can't think of any current talk show host who comes even close to him.