I will miss Jay Leno…
After probably 7 years of watching reruns and live episodes of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, I gotta say, the guy made my night tv time a good laugh. Full of memories that are ALWAYS funny. Never a dull moment whenever I watch his show. I’m quite sad at this, really sad. I’m not even American. I found this article regarding Jay Leno’s last show today (tonight for US, I’m in the Philippines).
Jay Leno bids farewell to “Tonight Show”
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Jay Leno bid farewell to “The Tonight Show” on Friday, ending his 17-year run as host with a finale that stayed true to the style that made him the top-rated performer on U.S. late-night television.
The main difference was a long ovation that Leno struggled to quiet as he took the stage for an opening monologue that poked fun, as usual, at politicians, celebrities and current events.
He thanked the likes of pop star Michael Jackson and former White House intern Monica Lewinsky, whose affair with Bill Clinton led to the former U.S. president’s impeachment, for giving him material over the years. He also took a final jab at his network, NBC, which is mired at the bottom of the ratings among the four major U.S. broadcasters.
Leno takes his act to 10 p.m. on NBC this autumn, where he will mount a program expected to be similar to the “Tonight Show” but attract a wider audience than the roughly 5 million viewers, on average, who tune in nightly to the broadcast.
“I’m going to be going to a secluded spot where no one can find me — NBC prime time,” Leno said. “It’s a gamble. I’m betting NBC will still be around in three months, but that’s not a given.”
He joked that he had finally cleaned out his office and “found O.J.’s knife. I had it the whole time,” referring to former football star O.J. Simpson, who was acquitted on charges he murdered his wife in the mid-1990s.
Leno even introduced a new segment, “White Trash Theater,” which showed a video clip of a woman throwing a trash can at a man to get him off her porch.
Throughout the opening, Leno betrayed no special sentiment — no tears or even a choked-up voice. Indeed, he proved the consummate comedian by putting on a show that made people laugh. Guests included Conan O’Brien, who will take over as host of the “Tonight Show” on Monday, and singer James Taylor.
Leno, 59, took the reins of the venerable program in May 1992 from late-night television legend Johnny Carson.
After initially struggling in the ratings against late-night counterpart David Letterman, who had been his rival for the “Tonight Show” job, Leno grabbed the lead in viewership about 13 years ago and become a mainstay of American TV.
He has taken jabs at four presidents, from George H.W. Bush to Barack Obama, who in March became the first sitting U.S. chief executive to appear on a late-night talk show. He made audiences laugh through an era that included natural disasters, wars and the September 11 attacks.
Notable moments included Arnold Schwarzenegger’s announcement of his candidacy for California governor in 2003 and British actor Hugh Grant’s first public appearance after being arrested with a Los Angeles prostitute in 1995.
Leno’s comic segments such as “Jaywalking,” in which he joked with everyday people on the street, became popular staples.
On a side note, when will Letterman leave >_> he isn’t even funny anymore. He lost it. COMPLETELY