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Originally posted 05/20/2015 04:00PM
When NBC handed David Letterman Late Night in 1982, his offbeat humor ushered in a new era of late night.
Thirty-three years later, he's stepping down from a late-night landscape that changed around him, having stayed true to himself as the medium changed from appointment viewing to something to be easily digested the next morning in three- to four-minute clips.
"I recognized the value of it," Letterman told The New York Times back in April of his competitors' tendency to gear their shows toward digital audiences. "It's just, I didn't know what to say. You go back to your parents' house, and they still have the rotary phone. It's a little like that."
Originally posted 12/16/2013 04:00PM
No star ever seemed quite as delighted to play himself as Peter O'Toole. The actor, who died Sunday at the age of 81, earned innumerable accolades for his stage and screen work, but just as important in cementing the image of Peter O'Toole in the public consciousness were his decades of talk-show appearances, nearly all of them performed through a smirk, a twinkle, and just as often, a large amount of vodka.
Originally posted 11/20/2013 12:45AM
George W. Bush may have stepped away from the political spotlight, but he seems to have won the popular (audience) vote – on Tuesday's The Tonight Show.
The former president stopped by to chat with Jay Leno, matching wits with the host as he unfurled a series of off-the-cuff zingers that left both Leno and his audience in stitches.
Case in point: When the host asked why he finally accepted Leno's invitation to return to the show (this was his fourth appearance on it), a deadpan Bush, 67, slyly jabbed at Leno's upcoming exit from the show.
"You're about to head out to pasture – just wanted to see what you looked like before you got to the gate," Bush cracked.
Originally posted 06/13/2012 04:00PM
Meghan McCain has officially gone green – as in, marijuana green.
During an appearance on Tuesday's Tonight Show with Jay Leno, McCain discussed her new book, America, You Sexy Bitch, which includes a section about her advocating for the legalization of pot.
"I was living in Los Angeles very briefly last year, and I was shocked at how people here smoke weed the way people in New York pour wine," she said. "Once I started doing research onto the economic benefits for our country by decriminalizing marijuana, I decided to come out publicly in support of it."
Originally posted 01/18/2010 09:30PM
There were no jokes this time – just the facts, as Jay Leno sees them.
In a detailed account of his side of the talk-show mess at NBC, Leno opened his lame-duck program Monday night seeking to set the record straight and try to repair relations with his – apparently temporary – Tonight Show successor.
"Through all of this, Conan O’Brien has been a gentleman," Leno said during the taping. "He’s a good guy. I have no animosity towards him."
For now, Leno said, it appeared that he would be returning as host of The Tonight Show at 11:35 p.m. after O'Brien apparently rejected moving to midnight.
Originally posted 01/10/2010 02:00PM
Jay's walking off prime time.
Confirming days of rumors, Jeff Gaspin, the chairman of NBC Universal Entertainment, on Sunday announced that starting Feb. 12, The Jay Leno Show will no longer air at 10 p.m. but that the network hoped to keep Leno for an 11:35 p.m. show, Conan O'Brien for 12:05 p.m. and then Jimmy Fallon after that.
But, Gaspin adds, "It's not a done deal yet."
Gaspin admits that The Jay Leno Show "did not meet affiliate needs" but that through it all, Leno and O'Brien have been "incredibly gracious and professional."
Originally posted 01/07/2010 07:20PM
Jay Leno's time in prime time may be coming to an end – or not – depending on whom you believe and how you read a network statement.
Conflicting reports hit the Internet on Thursday that the talk show would either be canceled, moved back to 11:30 p.m., or none of the above while discussions continue with his Tonight Show replacement Conan O'Brien.
Fueling the confusion is an NBC statement that neither confirms nor denies the reports, but does allude to concerns by network affiliates over the sagging ratings.
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