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'The Tonight Show' Almost Broke Bill Cosby Last Night

Bill Cosby was on The Tonight Show last night to promote his new standup special, but instead he spent the first few minutes deconstructing the entire idea of a late night show by walking into the audience rather than to Jay's desk, then managing to get through an entire segment without really talking to the host at all. Below, he talks about his very first appearance on The Tonight Show

Looking Back at 15 of Leno's Best Appearances on Letterman's 'Late Night'

On last friday's Tonight Show, Bravo host Andy Cohen attempted to wring some gossip out of Jay Leno by asking about the most annoying misconception people have of him. Leno immediate jumped to the "feud" between himself and David Letterman, insisting that the two really like each and that he still finds Letterman incredibly funny, even saying that the two spoke on the phone relatively recently about "things and TV and whanot," such as the evolving late night situation at NBC.

The story of the Letterman/Leno feud has been well-documented since Bill Carter's The Late Shift (and its HBO movie adaptation) chronicled the conflict surrounding NBC's decision to choose Leno over [...]

Watch Kristen Schaal Tell Jay Leno About Her First Trip to a Strip Club

Here's Kristen Schaal on The Tonight Show last night, telling Jay Leno about her first trip to a strip club and how her first lap dance turned into her feeling her stripper for lumps. Luckily, she didn't have any because that would have been a strange conversation.

Natasha Leggero Roasted Jay Leno on 'The Tonight Show' Last Night

Standup Natasha Leggero is on the dais for Monday's Comedy Central Roast of James Franco, and she went on The Tonight Show last night to promote the event by roasting him with a bunch of jokes. The best one is "Would your parents not let you have denim as a child?"

Jay Leno's Final 'Tonight Show' Will Air February 6, 2014

Jay Leno has less than six months left behind his Tonight Show desk. The show's executive producers made the announcement to the show's crew Friday that the final episode will air on Thursday, February 6, 2014, Deadline reports. The Winter Olympics, which NBC is covering, begin airing February 7. It was previously announced that Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers will take over The Tonight Show and Late Night, respectively, on Monday, February 24, and that NBC wants Jay Leno to stay at the network in some capacity. Leno's previous last Tonight Show interview took place on May 29, 2009.

Looking at the Best Late Night Appearances By Other Late Night Hosts

Before he took over The Tonight Show, Jay Leno was famously one of the best guests on Late Night with David Letterman. Leno intuitively knew what Letterman needed from a guest – he was funny and prolific, making it easy on his host. For that reason, late night hosts make excellent guests, and with so many new shows popping up, there are even more opportunities for late night hosts to mix. Here's a look at some of the best late night appearances by other late night hosts, from David Letterman on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show to a baby Jimmy Fallon dropping by Conan's Late Night

Jimmy Fallon's Perception of His 'Tonight Show' Takeover Might Be a Bit Skewed

Jimmy Fallon has been visiting local affiliates in the run-up to his Tonight Show takeover in February, and at a recent stop in Florida, some of his recollection about the origins of the transition seems a bit off. He's quoted as saying:

“As soon as I got Late Night, I called Jay and said, ‘I want to let you know I want to start on the right foot. I respect you.’ I’ve been a guest on the show numerous times. I said, ‘I’m not gunning for your job. I’m not trying to plot anything. Whenever you’re ready to step down, let me know. But I’m happy at 12:30.’”

But as [...]

Jay Leno and Craig Ferguson Interrupted Cameron Esposito's First Late Night Set

Here's a clip of standup Cameron Esposito making her late night debut last night on Craig Ferguson's Late Late Show, where Jay Leno was the guest. A few minutes into her set Esposito made a joke about Leno, which inspired Leno and Ferguson to call her over to the desk. This is probably the most memorable first time on a late night show for any comedian in recent history.

JB Smoove Attempts to Solve Racism with Jay Leno

JB Smoove was on The Tonight Show last night, and he basically took it over right when he walked out onto the stage as only he can. I'm not sure his solution for racial tensions is all that practical, but I guess we'll see.

'President Obama' Calls Jimmy Fallon to Praise Jay Leno

From Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night, here's Barack Obama (played by Dion Flynn) calling Jimmy Fallon to say great stuff about Jay Leno following his appearance on The Tonight Show, making him the only person under the age of 55 to think highly of Leno.

Andy Samberg Tries One of Those Commercials Where He Walks Across the Screen on 'The Tonight Show'

Andy Samberg was a guest on The Tonight Show last night, and while discussing the fact that his show Brooklyn Nine-Nine is airing after the Super Bowl, he decided to try out one of those ads where the person from another show walks across the bottom of the screen. It was pretty funny, even if the camera person totally messed it up by zooming out waaayyy too far.

Jay Leno's Staff Is Already Leaving 'The Tonight Show'

Jay Leno is set to once again leave The Tonight Show in February, but this time he won't have another (nearly identical) show to employ his staff. As a result, some are already jumping ship, according to Deadline reports, which reported that two producers have left to join Chelsea Lately over at E! Though the show ends early next year, all cast and crew will be paid until the end of Leno's contract with NBC, which runs until September of 2014. Leno has been reported to have about 170 staffers, though it's unclear whether that was before or after last year's layoffs.

Leno's future at NBC is still up [...]

'Late Show with David Letterman's Most Memorable Moments, Year by Year

After NBC chose Jay Leno to become the new host of The Tonight Show, David Letterman launched Late Show with David Letterman on August 30, 1993, changing the late night television landscape forever. On the verge of becoming the longest tenured host in late night history next year, Letterman has proven that his ironic and cantankerous sense of humor could work and be allowed to evolve at the earlier hour. While he continues to believe that he is living in his shadow, he's the contemporary equivalent of what Johnny Carson used to be, the standard and implied influence for all current and fast approaching late night talk show hosts.

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Jay Leno: Working Class Hero

When I started this series I knew that sooner or later I would be writing about Jay Leno. No comedian has been as villainized in the past two decades as much as Leno. As soon as he replaced Johnny Carson as the host of The Tonight Show, Leno has been inundated with criticism from just about every corner of the comedy world. Almost overnight, Leno went from being a standup wunderkind to a representation of everything that is soulless and mediocre in the entertainment industry.

It didn't help that all of the dirty details concerning NBC’s handling of Carson’s torch passing was meticulously detailed in Bill Carter’s illuminating book, [...]