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The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
Originally posted 02/18/2016 11:40AM
Jay Leno was sharper than ever as he returned to The Tonight Show stage Wednesday night.
The former host tagged in to finish the monologue after current emcee Jimmy Fallon "pulled a muscle" delivering a punch line. For approximately three minutes, Leno, 65, lobbed semi-NSFW political jokes aimed at Bill and Hillary Clinton's marriage, the state of the Republican party and the recent Ted Cruz campaign ad that was pulled because it featured a porn star.
Originally posted 10/07/2015 12:30AM
Jay Leno is back in familiar territory.
Originally posted 08/13/2015 06:40PM
Jay Leno served as the host of The Tonight Show for 22 years before stepping down in 2014, but the 65-year-old isn't wallowing in nostalgia. In fact, he's pretty certain he does not miss the late-night life.
"It's different," Leno told PEOPLE of today's landscape. "You live in the time you live in and for my time, it was great."
Though the faces have changed, Leno said at NBC/Universal's TCA Party in Beverly Hills on Wednesday that the good will is the same. Contrary to popular belief, Leno said the comedy scene isn't "some horrible, cutthroat business," he said. "The idea that there's all this stabbing in the back, I mean, it's really not."
In that spirit, Leno shared his candid – and generally affectionate – opinions on some of his most direct peers, including his Tonight Show successor, Jimmy Fallon, his former time slot competitor David Letterman and the ascendant Stephen Colbert.
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 02/07/2014 10:30AM
After 22 years interviewing the best in Hollywood, Jay Leno was bound to make a few A-list pals.
His final Tonight Show broadcast was full of special celebrity guests, and stars who couldn't join in the festivities sent Leno love through social media.
Sure, rival Conan O'Brien allowed himself one solid wisecrack during his own show: "The Olympics start airing tonight on NBC. It's very cool. That's right: NBC has the Olympics. It's a big deal. NBC will finally get to show somebody who is okay with passing the torch."
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 02/06/2014 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.
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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