Mike Tyson Reveals: Florence Henderson Visited Him in Prison

Mike Tyson and pal Jimmy Kimmel on ABC Tuesday night (Photo: ABC)

Jimmy Kimmel got Mike Tyson to open up about the three years Tyson spent in an Indiana prison back in the 1990s, and Tyson revealed that he was visited in jail by an eclectic list of big names — including “Brady Bunch” mom Florence Henderson.

Henderson was the most surprising name mentioned by Tyson, and even he couldn’t really explain why she visited him one day, except that she may have been in the area — in Indiana — for a personal appearance of some kind.

However, her proximity to the prison where Tyson was serving a six-year sentence on a rape conviction (he was released in 1995 after serving three years) didn’t really explain why she decided to stop by.

Tyson, now 46, told this story when he appeared Tuesday night on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” a show on which he turns up semi-frequently these days — a sign that he and Kimmel have formed a close relationship. Perhaps that’s why the former heavyweight boxing champ always seems more relaxed and forthcoming on the “Kimmel” show than almost anywhere else he appears on TV.

Watch Mike Tyson tell the Florence Henderson story on “Jimmy Kimmel Live”:
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According to Tyson, his visitors back then — visiting separately — included rapper Tupac Shakur, the O’Jays (yes, the whole group), Whitney Houston, Dionne Warwick (who happens to be Whitney Houston’s aunt), BB King, and Henderson.

But the Henderson visit was particularly ill-timed. Tyson explained that, at that point in his prison sentence, he was serving time in solitary (including 23-hour lockdown) for some infraction he didn’t specify. As a result, he was unable to go and see Florence Henderson when she showed up at the prison by surprise.

On the “Kimmel” show, Tyson even got out of his chair and dramatized what it was like to be led around the prison in wrist and ankle shackles while serving time in “isolation.” According to Tyson, at that point in his life and in his sentence, he wasn’t exactly up for a visit from “Mrs. Brady.”

Said he, “So what was I going to say when Miss Brady Bunch came to visit me?”

Tyson came on the “Kimmel” show to promote his one-man show, “Mike Tyson: The Undisputed Truth,” which played on Broadway earlier this year and is now poised for a national tour of theaters starting in February.

He and Kimmel talked about that subject in this part of their interview:
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