The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

NBC (ended 2014)
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  • Jay Leno follows in the footsteps of legendary NBC late-night hosts Steve Allen, Jack Paar and Johnny Carson. Leno has created his own unique late-night style with a combination of humor, talk and entertainment each night at 11:35 p.m. ET - the wee hours when viewers want to wind down with a few laughs before drifting off to dreamland. Considered by many to be a "variety" show, "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" features a nightly monologue and news-making guests, as well as ongoing comedy segments including "Headlines," "Tonight Show Side Show," "Jaywalking," and "Battle of Jaywalking All-Stars." The result is a unique look at today's pop culture. Honored for Emmy Awards in 1995 and 1996, "The Tonight Show" was also voted by readers of "TV Guide" readers as 'Favorite Late Night Show' in 1999 and 2000. Other notable achievements include: Leno's exclusive interview with Senator John Glenn and the astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery; a pay-per-view wrestling match between Leno and Hulk Hogan; "The Tonight Show Unplugged" in response to California's recent power crisis; a sum of $360,200 raised for The Twin Towers Fund from auctioning Leno's celebrity-signed motorcycle; and a special 2001 Thanksgiving show broadcast live on Armed Forces Radio and Television Services to entertain U.S. military personnel worldwide. In addition, the program continued to make history in April 1999 when it became the first television series to be broadcast nightly in HDTV (high-definition television). The program has also proven to be a barometer of political clout. In 2000, the "Los Angeles Times" noted that "The road to the White House apparently leads through Burbank," as each presidential candidate -- Al Gore, George W. Bush, Bill Bradley and John McCain – appeared to demonstrate their relaxed, good-humored side during the presidential elections. Many of the world's most popular celebrities, musical guests and newsworthy names have recently appeared on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" including: Tom Cruise, Robert De Niro, Denzel Washington, Nicole Kidman, Billy Crystal, Brad Pitt, Kevin Spacey, Sharon Stone, supermodel Heidi Klum, Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck, Vice President Dick Cheney, Mrs. Laura Bush, Gwyneth Paltrow, Shaquille O'Neal, Elton John, Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys, Sheryl Crow, Enrique Iglesias, Mel Gibson, 'N Sync, Jennifer Aniston, Jerry Seinfeld, Tom Hanks and John Travolta. In addition to the star-power, the "Tonight Show" production team searches for the most interesting "civilian" guests such as kid inventors and individuals with quirky talents and funny stories. Guitarist Kevin Eubanks is the show's bandleader. Debbie Vickers is the executive producer. "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" is from Big Dog Productions in association with NBC Studios. The show has its finale in May 29, 2009 before it was taken over by Conan O'Brien for 7 months. After a brief network drama, the show is now returned to Jay Leno, who hosted the Jay Leno Show in primetime for 5 months. Jay hosted his final show on February 6, 2014.moreless

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  • S 22 : Ep 141

    Billy Crystal; Garth Brooks (Final Show)

    Aired 2/6/14

  • S 22 : Ep 140

    Sandra Bullock; Blake Shelton; Vintage Trouble

    Aired 2/5/14

  • S 22 : Ep 139

    Matthew McConaughey; Charles Barkley; Lyle Lovett

    Aired 2/4/14

  • S 22 : Ep 138

    Jimmy Fallon; Betty White; Bonnie Raitt

    Aired 2/3/14

  • S 22 : Ep 137

    Tim Allen; Dave Salmoni; Sara Bareilles

    Aired 1/31/14

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jay Leno


  • Rickey Minor

    Band Leader (2010 - present)

  • Kevin Tyrone Eubanks

    Band Leader (1995 - 2010)

  • John Melendez

    Announcer (2004 - 2009)

  • Edd Hall

    Announcer (1992 - 2004)

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  • Quotes (618)

    • Jay Leno (about guest Quentin Tarantino): He's the kind of guy you don't know is drunk until you see him sober.

    • Jay: He's won more than $1 million on Jeopardy! I can't even spell jeopardy.

    • Abigail: I do not have a boyfriend

    • Jay Leno: A woman in New Mexico was found with so many children that when they got in the car, one of them had to go in the trunk, now Micheal Jackson called and he wants to buy the car as is.

    • Jay: If you were alive today, what would you be doing? King Tut: Probably Anna Nicole Smith!!

    • Jay: So what's gonna happen when your current tour is over? King Tut: All this crap is going on Ebay!

    • Jay: You've all heard of the famous curse of King Tut, is there really a curse? King Tut: Oh yes! Jay: What is it? King Tut: Son of a B*tch!!!

    • Jay: So tell me, are you a pharaoh? King Tut: No, I'm straight.

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    Notes (27)

    • Aaron Carter performed "That's How I Beat Shaq."

    • Tonight Show "Unplugged" NBC'S 'THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO' RESPONDS TO THE CALIFORNIA POWER CRISIS BY TURNING OFF ITS LIGHTS Following state and company pleas to conserve energy, NBC's "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET) will take extensive measures to tape its Thursday, June 21st show without studio lights, television monitors, amplifiers and other power sources. Amidst these conditions, the show promises to be exciting with segments including illuminating displays, appearances by comedian Arsenio Hall and nocturnal animals, and many surprises.

    • Guest Star Aaliyah was to die in a tragic plane crash, exactly one month after this show. -- Leprechaun

    • The next time that his then fiancé Sarah Michelle Gellar was on the Tonight Show, Jay asks Sarah about the "gassy dog" as per request of Freddie.-- WLiiAfriendsgilmore2

    • Freddie Prinze Jr. was in attendance for this episode.

    • Debut and Round 1 of American Fido.

    • 2nd Round of American Fido.

    • 3rd Round of American Fido.

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    Trivia (63)

    • "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: 10th Anniversary." airs at 10PM tonight.

    • The T.A.T.U. girls wore white shirts with a vulgar message written in black - it loosely translates to "F*** war." At the end, their words in Russian translate to "We're sure Russia will understand us." You'd think that the Tonight Show, in a community with so many native Russian speakers, would have had one on hand to catch this.

    • Sadaam was found after calling out for Pizza (Domi-Nomads) and insisting that it be there in 30 minutes or less or he gets free Twisty Breads! He was covered in small bugs now called -SadaaMites.

    • A skit with Sadaaam and Pyong Yang (N Korea) playing interactive Playstation 2 WWF Wrestling when Sadaam gets busted.

    • A Perfect Circle took a while to take the stage, and when they finally did, there was an explanation: Drummer Josh Freese fractured his right knee cap. He played the show anyway, rather than let the band cancel.

    • A Perfect Circle played "The Outsider," from their second album, Thirteenth Step.

    • This is John Melendez's debut show after Ed Hall left.

    • In this episode, Jennifer Garner accidentally revealed that her unborn baby was a girl.

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  • Fan Reviews (77)
  • The host with the most, but of what?

    By HelloStuart, May 31, 2009

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    By Gaililly, Nov 04, 2013

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    By gracielove, Nov 10, 2012

  • Late Night King Reins Supreme

    By NathanForeste, Mar 15, 2012

  • The King of Talk Show

    By Shinigami124, Aug 04, 2008