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Jay Leno's Final 'Tonight Show' Draws Highest Ratings Since 1998

Despite Jimmy Kimmel and Conan O'Brien's attempts to steal some of Leno's grand finale viewers, Variety reports that early ratings show last night's Tonight Show brought in its highest ratings in five years — the last time he hit the same amount of viewers was his return to The Tonight Show following Conangate in 2009. Last week's Tonight Show ratings beat out Letterman and Kimmel with an average of 4.99 million, compared to Letterman's 3 million and Kimmel's 2.4 million, and Leno's departure from the show comes off of a 67-week winning streak in total viewers compared to his late night competition. Not a bad way [...]

The Results Are In: Leno's Biggest Joke Targets Were Bill Clinton and O.J. Simpson

Leno only has two more Tonight Show episodes left to host, so George Mason University's Center for Media and Public Affairs took it upon themselves to analyze all 43,892 monologue jokes Leno's told on the show between its premiere on May 25, 1992 and the January 24, 2014 episode. What they found: President Bill Clinton was Leno's most frequent monologue target with 4,607 punchlines at his expense, while other top butts-of-the-jokes included George W. Bush (3,239), Al Gore (1,026), and Barack Obama (1,011). They also found that Leno poked fun at Democrats 15% more often than Republicans, and while celebrities were brought up less often than political [...]

Watch Leslie Mann's Tearful, Awkward, Adorable Goodbye to Jay Leno

When Leslie Mann realized that last night was her final interview with Jay Leno (her first was in 1996 to promote The Cable Guy), she instantly burst into tears and delivered one of the sweetest and most awkward goodbyes ever. We may never know whether Mann is drunk or just caught in a very endearing moment of emotional vulnerability here, but whatever the cause, it's absolutely adorable.

Jay Leno and 'The Tonight Show' Are Being Sued for Defamation

Flight attendant Louann Giambattista is suing Jay Leno, The Tonight Show, and NBC over a segment that she says accused her of "engaging in bestiality and sexual misconduct with a rat." The segment stemmed from another lawsuit Giambattista filed against her employer Americna Airlines, in which she said that her co-workers had falsely said that "she was carrying her pet rats onto work flights, and concealing them in her pantyhose or underwear." Panelists Alec Mapa, Kira Soltanovich, and Jim Norton were given the topic as part of Leno's topical segment "Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda," where Giambattista says she was "systematically criticized, defamed, and humiliated." Apparently a lot of people in her neighborhood watch The [...]

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 [...]

Watch Jay Leno Say Goodbye on His Last 'Tonight Show'

Well, here it is. After 22 years of hosting The Tonight Show, Leno took his final bow last night and gave the above heartfelt farewell to his audience and fans. Leno thanks the audience, the crew, writers, and producers for what he calls "the greatest 22 years of my life" and says he's looking forward to seeing Fallon take over later this month. Click through to watch celebs like Billy Crystal, Jack Black, Carol Burnett, and Oprah say goodbye to Leno through a surprise musical number and more.

Jimmy Fallon and Jay Leno Talk 'Tonight Show' Past and Future

Last night, Tonight Show heir Jimmy Fallon paid Leno a visit, and the two chatted about Super Bowl commercials, Jimmy's thoughts on magazine airbrushing, and the glowing pride he feels now that his baby daughter knows how to chew pasta. In part 2 of the interview below, Leno plays a clip of Fallon's very first Tonight Show appearance, where we learn that the 3-piece suit is the secret ingredient to future Tonight Show stardom and success.

Louis C.K. Announces Release of 'Tomorrow Night' on 'Leno'

Louis C.K. was a guest on Leno last night, and in the above clip he tells Jay all about his secret desire to not get his daughters Christmas presents, then he makes the cool announcement that Tomorrow Night, the first full-length (and previously unreleased) feature film he made in 1998, will be available for purchase on his website in the near future. Click through to watch a trailer for Tomorrow Night and the second part of the interview, where C.K. talks about his small role on American Hustle and gives Leno a heartfelt thank you before the conclusion of what will be their final late night interview together.

Key & Peele's Valets Love Sandra Bullock

Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key stopped by The Tonight Show on Friday and had the good fortune to follow Sandra Bullock, as Bullocks herself is the centerpiece of this upcoming Key & Peele sketch involving the show's popular, name-skewing valets. So far, Key and Peele have a pretty good track record of people enjoying their sketches about them.

Does Doing Standup on a Late Night Show Still Matter?

Late night shows have always been more than just variety programs. There were cultural touchstones, broad shared places for topical comedy and entertainment, and they served as key launching pads for several generations of comedians. A few decades ago, doing standup on a late night show was seen as a crucial, potentially game changing event in a young comic's career. The well-known story about Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show has been told from over and over, by everyone from Steven Wright to Ellen DeGeneres to Drew Carey. Do one great set on Carson, they story went, get invited over to the couch, and the next day, you will be [...]

Videolist: The Best of 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno'

After over 20 years on the air, Jay Leno's Tonight Show will be airing its final episode tonight, the end of an era in late night television. Although Leno already did a "final episode" in 2009, tonight's looks like it will stick, and America will be saying goodbye to the man who's been America's #1 late night host for nearly two decades and the second longest-running Tonight Show host behind Johnny Carson.

While Jay Leno may have a mixed reputation at best amongst comedy fans and his peers in the comedy community, he's still been doing Tonight since 1992, so there are plenty of memorable moments from Leno's [...]

Adam Sandler Interviewed Jay Leno on Last Night's 'Tonight Show'

Jimmy Fallon isn't the only late night host to become the interviewee this week. Last night on The Tonight Show, guest Adam Sandler — dressed to the nines in his Tuesday night finest — switched roles with Leno for a few minutes to ask him some hard-hitting questions like which Sandler movie is his favorite, how Leno gets away with tucking his shirt into his pants, and how big-chinned pee wee football players protect themselves. Sandler manages to fit in a few uncomfortable moments too, like a dig at NBC, allusion to a Leno show on Fox, and question about mid-interview erections.

Judd Apatow Does Some Show-and-Tell on 'Leno'

Judd Apatow was a guest on Leno last night, and he brought tons of goodies to share: a photo from his "Jewhawk" Sylvester Stallone lookalike days, a photo that proves Robert De Niro says "cheese" for photos, a sound clip of Apatow interviewing Leno when he was 16, and photos of his grandma with Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen, and William Shatner. Grandma Molly is one lucky lady.

Jay Leno Joked Again About Killing Jimmy Fallon

Jimmy Fallon was a guest on The Tonight Show on Friday, and Jay Leno continued his campaign to let everyone know he's totally cool with losing The Tonight Show this time by again joking around with his soon-to-be predecessor about how much he wants to kill him. Below is Leno's admittedly charming interview with Fallon, who he gave a preview of the Emmy speech he didn't get to give and tells a story about playing ping pong with Prince.