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PEOPLE's TV Critic: So Long, Farewell, Jay Leno – But It Was Time to Say Goodbye | Jay Leno

PEOPLE's TV Critic: So Long, Farewell, Jay Leno – But It Was Time to Say Goodbye

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.

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Jay Leno Bids Tearful Goodbye to Tonight Show After 22 Years | Billy Crystal, Jay Leno

Jay Leno Bids Tearful Goodbye to Tonight Show After 22 Years

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.

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Sandra Bullock Bids Jay Leno a Tearful Goodbye (VIDEO) | Sandra Bullock

Sandra Bullock Bids Jay Leno a Tearful Goodbye (VIDEO)

Originally posted 02/06/2014 10:05AM

Play testcaption testcredit Share on Facebook Tweet Pin on Pinterest Share on Tumblr Sandra Bullock appeared on The Tonight Show Wednesday to say goodbye to Jay Leno, and couldn't help herself from tearing up a little.

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Watch Jimmy Fallon's Sincere 'Thank You' to Jay Leno on The Tonight Show | Jay Leno, Jimmy Fallon

Watch Jimmy Fallon's Sincere 'Thank You' to Jay Leno on The Tonight Show

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.

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Can't-Miss Pop Culture: Bruno Mars at the Super Bowl, Jay Leno's Last Show & More

Can't-Miss Pop Culture: Bruno Mars at the Super Bowl, Jay Leno's Last Show & More

Originally posted 01/31/2014 12:00PM

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Seth MacFarlane & Bill Maher Sing to Jay Leno About Rivalry with Letterman | Bill Maher, Jay Leno, Seth MacFarlane

UpdatePosted 01/30/2014 01:30PM

Seth MacFarlane and Bill Maher Sing to Jay Leno About Rivalry with Letterman: Watch Now

Originally posted 01/30/2014 11:15AM

When Seth MacFarlane and Bill Maher drop by your show to sing to you, you know you're not going to get a sentimental rendition of "The Best Is Yet to Come."

The pair said their goodbyes to Jay Leno on The Tonight Show Wednesday in swinging fashion, serenading the departing host with a song that thanked Leno for "the memories you gave," but mostly for "your rivalry with Dave [Letterman]" and "the beating that you gave."

The pair aren't referring to some previously hidden parking-lot dust-up between the two iconic late-night hosts, but rather, as Maher sings, the fact that "you crushed him in the ratings, and you'll take that to your grave!"

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PHOTOS: Jimmy Fallon Joins Restaurant's Piano Player for Beatles Sing-a-long

Jimmy Fallon Sings 'Hey Jude' in N.Y.C. Bar

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.

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Jay Leno on Leaving The Tonight Show: 'I Can Go Out on a School Night' | The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Ellen DeGeneres, Jay Leno

Jay Leno on Leaving The Tonight Show: 'I Can Go Out on a School Night'

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.

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Who Will Be Jay Leno's Final Guest? And Jimmy Fallon's First?

Jay Leno's Final Guest Will Be Billy Crystal

Originally posted 01/20/2014 07:50AM

Jay Leno will close out his 22-year run as host of NBC's The Tonight Show with a nod to the future and to the past.

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Mark Wahlberg on His Marky Mark Past: 'I Was an Absolute Train Wreck'

Mark Wahlberg on His Marky Mark Past: 'I Was an Absolute Train Wreck'

Originally posted 01/08/2014 09:30AM

Play testcaption testcredit Share on Facebook Tweet Pin on Pinterest Share on Tumblr Mark Wahlberg doesn't have such good vibrations about his past as rapper Marky Mark.

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