09:05 PM EDT 03/08/2014
Originally posted 02/06/2014 12:00PM
In his 22 years hosting The Tonight Show, Jay Leno crafted a winning formula: a bit of silliness, crossed with snark, and delivered with an utter lack of pretension.
As Leno prepares to hang up his Tonight Show spurs Thursday night, let's look back on some of the highlights of his decades-long tenure, from his news-making interviews to his 4,600 jokes about Bill Clinton:
Originally posted 02/07/2014 06:15AM
Jay Leno left NBC's The Tonight Show after 22 years Thursday night with a farewell that included old friends Billy Crystal and Garth Brooks and – the one big stunt – a large surprise ensemble of guests (Oprah Winfrey, Kim Kardashian, Jack Black) singing novelty lyrics to "So Long, Farewell" from The Sound of Music.
Originally posted 02/06/2014 10:00PM
Even on a bittersweet night, there had to be jokes.
Jay Leno has hosted The Tonight Show for a loooooong time. So tell us, Jay, how long was it?
"Here's how long," he said Thursday. "When I started hosting, marijuana was illegal and you could smoke cigarettes anywhere you wanted."
Actually, it was 22 years since he took over for Johnny Carson at NBC's venerable late-night show from beautiful downtown Burbank, not counting seven disastrous months in 2009 when Conan O'Brien helmed the program.
Now leaving a second time to make way for a new host – Jimmy Fallon – and a new city – New York – Leno, 63, said on his final show that this time it was his decision.
Originally posted 02/04/2014 11:45AM
Jimmy Fallon is known for his sarcastic "thank you" notes, but there was no snark in his emotional tribute to Jay Leno Monday.
Originally posted 01/29/2014 03:35PM
Jimmy Fallon is bringing The Tonight Show back to the Big Apple, and it looks like the lifelong New Yorker is enjoying staying rooted in the city.
Originally posted 01/29/2014 03:00PM
There's one thing Jay Leno is looking forward to doing when he leaves The Tonight Show on Feb. 6 – going out on a weeknight instead of staying home and working on the following day's monologue.
"I can go out on a school night, which I've never been able to do," he said during an interview set to air on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Wednesday. "I've never been out in 22 years on a Wednesday night. It's like, 'Oh you're doing something wrong. You have to go home and write jokes every single night.' "
While he's 63, Leno isn't retiring anytime soon. Instead he's going back to his roots as a stand-up comedian.
Originally posted 01/29/2014 09:00AM
Seth Meyers is preparing to take the reins of Late Night from Jimmy Fallon when the latter moves to The Tonight Show, and Fallon had his successor on the show Tuesday night for an important tradition: the passing of the Late Night pickle.
This isn't just Fallon being Fallon, however: Apparently it's a real, longstanding Late Night tradition. David Letterman's staff gave the pickle to Conan O'Brien when he inherited the show, and O'Brien gave it to Fallon when he took over.
Originally posted 01/28/2014 09:00AM
Just so you know, Jimmy Fallon has a fallback idea, a Plan B if taking over The Tonight Show, his dream showbiz job, doesn't work out.
In an interview with himself, for the March Men's Health, the smartly comedic Fallon, 39, offers a charming heart-to-heart chat, noting he's ready to become a mail carrier – he already took the test – if his historic gig on the NBC talk show falls apart when he takes over for Jay Leno on Feb. 17.
In addition to wearing shorts in the summer, "You also get to drive that vehicle that should be illegal in the United States where the steering wheel is on the other side," Fallon says gleefully of the government perks of going postal. "They have no rules. They are the punk rock of government jobs."
Originally posted 01/24/2014 01:45PM
If a picture is worth a thousand words, a Vine is six times that.
Originally posted 01/24/2014 10:45AM
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