This article was printed from http://www.deadline.com/2012/05/jay-leno-celebrates-20th-anniversary-hosting-the-tonight-show/
Isn’t it technically the 19th Anniversary considering he lost a year.
Considering he did lose that year, this “anniversary” makes no sense.
Anniversaries normally denote CONSECUTIVE years in a row.
I believe the headline is incorrect. I believe that Jay has been WORKING FOR NBC for 20 years. Everybody knows he didn’t host the Tonight Show for 20 years straight. Ginger McBabypants “hosted” for several sad months.
Given the amount of guest hosting Jay did for Johnny, I think the anniversary is well deserved.
How does hiding in a closet help someone get a job? Dave blew his chance. He wanted ownership. NBC knew they could control Jay. That’s the story.
You got THAT right.
Leno was hosting the Friday version of “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” well before he got the gig. So, for consecutive years with NBC, that’s more at the 25th anniversary level…
I can’t for the life of me figure out why Jay or ANY late night host continues to do a monologue. Not only are they not funny, but half the time Jay is clearly embarrassed when he delivers a stinker. It’s time to think out of the box.
I’m still trying to figure out what it takes to get your own late night show:
-appeal to audience/guest?
-knowledge of pop culture?
-masterful fake laugh?
I don’t know but I’d watch Tom Green over Leno, Letterman and Daly. Kimmel is ok and I’ve never watched Ferguson. The incompetence is astonishing.
Ferguson has shown a good amount of imagination and creativity. Kimmel is the frat guy, and you know what? It works. They are the best of the lot.
Might as well throw up a test pattern from 11:30 until Kimmel comes on… oh, wait… ABC’s done that with “Nightline” for YEARS now.
I was thinking when he came back it was Year One all over again :/
Does he have a montage tribute of all the people he’s screwed over in that time? Johnny Carson, David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, the American public?
Screwed over the American public? Clearly you could use some perspective.
Leno joked about that, that many have come and gone over the 20 years, including him. Now, I am sure the rest of this thread will be full of Leno hate, especially by those that haven’t realized or accepted that Letterman gave up trying 15 years ago and those who don’t really like Conan but think you have to tout him so you can be among the cool kids. Conan’s jokes might work at Harvard but the guy just isn’t funny in general.
For better or worse it’s the network suits who make the calls. The talent can lobby for their own cause but in the end they remain pieces of well-paid meat.
Don’t geed the trolls.
So that whole year where he didn’t host The Tonight Show now counts?
Margin of error: Conan Obrien
What a coincidence, I’m celebrating 20 years of not watching the tonight show.
So it’s really the 20th anniversary of missing Johnny Carson’s real Tonight Show.
10 points for: “Awesome Comment.”
In 1994-95, Mike Krzyzewski of Duke coached only the first 12 games of season before leaving the team for back surgery and to recover from exhaustion. Pete Gaudet took over as interim head coach and compiled a record of 4–15. Duke credits the wins and losses coached by Gaudet to him, rather than to Krzyzewski. I assume NBC is treating the Conan O’Brien shows in the same way – O’Brien is apparently considered an interim host whose shows, while credited to him, did not technically interrupt the run of Jay Leno.
Still doing Clinton jokes. . . .fresh
Once Jay left the show, the number goes back to zero, he does not get to pick up where he left off. So Happy 2nd anniversary you theifing rotten punk. My favorite thing about this whole deal is that Jay’s ratings now, are the same Conan was getting, but then NBC was losing “millions”, now it’s just a OK.
In case you haven’t noticed Nightline, one on the chopping block is beating them all. ALL late night shows like Leno, Letterman etc. are dying. Just like Soap Operas during the day, born out of the early days of television and long past their prime.
Both genres Soaps AND late night need to be pulled
And replaced with what, exactly?
More reality TV?
As long as Nets have the time slots and there are ways for them to promote their own shows and promote their corporate movies (NBC-Universal/CBS-Paramount/ABC-Disney)it’s never going to change.
Not in the near future at least.
We only complain because there are so many options now.
30 years ago (plus or minus Late Night w/Letterman) it was Carson.
(And other cable talk-shows.)
They’re cheap to produce and people watch.
It’s not going away any time soon.
More importantly, you know what we watch at 11:30? Whatever we DVR’d that night while making dinner, putting the kids to bed, paying bills, etc. America just doesn’t have time for as much TV as it used to (who isn’t working longer hours than their parents ever did?), so we time shift our choices. Can’t remember the last time the TV was ON at 8:00 or OFF at 11:30, or the last time I watched a show when the network wanted me to.
20 years of nothing funny.
The marriage between Leno and NBC was of back room dealings which cost NBC the talents of Johnny Carson, David Letterman and Conan O’Brien. Does Leno’s talent equal or surpass those of Carson, Letterman and O’Brien? Was it worth all the BAD publicity for NBC to be unprofessional? Apparently NBC, with all of its previous owners just doesn’t get it. The Tonight Show history is tarnished beyond repair.
Apparently you didn’t see the PBS doc on Carson last week.
It was obvious that Carson was tired of doing Tonight after 29 years & walked away willingly after Leno’s insane manager setup the rumor that he was retiring. She did that without Leno’s knowledge. Carson was fed up with dealing with NBC due to all the lies they had told him over the years. He also never got over that they had erased & reused the master tapes of the first six months of the show from 1962, especially the first night he did Tonight in October 1962.
The fact that the only time Carson ever did any TV again was to read the Top Ten on Letterman once & not even sit down with Dave to talk proves that he wanted to leave. Dave worships him & would have blown off his guests that night or any other night to talk to Johnny.
How dare you post actual information! It denegrates all those who spew their venom and call it factual.
I’m not sure why this hasn’t been mentioned in anything I’ve read concerning Carson’s post-Tonight Show appearances:
He actually made an appearance on Conan O’ Brian’s “Late Night” show. He appeared in a bit where he brought a giant cake out to Conan, who was “surprised” by the gesture. Carson then went to set it on Conan’s desk, tripped over his own feet and dropped the cake on the desk, causing the desk to collapse.
I don’t believe he said anything. But, I’ve seen the Letterman clip and Carson didn’t say anything then either because it was just constant applause. On Letterman, he seemed like he wanted to say something but the crowd kept applauding so he just graciously left the stage.
Wrong. That was Chevy Chase who dropped the cake on Goldie Hawn. Come on, fella. Do a little research.
The Chevy Chase bit with a cake certainly sounds familiar and I know I’ve seen that. I guess there is a good possibility that is the only “recent” TV occurrence of that bit.
How in the world that was confused with something as significant as Johnny Carson doing a guest bit on LNwCoB is beyond me. If I am wrong then I’m totally wrong. Sorry if that is the case.
So, was this Chase dropping a cake on Hawn in a movie or on TV, like that godawful show he had?
He technically never left, he still was a part of the year that was “lost”
Yet he’s still number one but this last debacle made zero sense– no one gets fired 5 years in advance when you are far and away the number one late night show. Conan’s ratings proved he could not deliver the same ratings. And Conan made a stupid move by going to tbs
It doesn’t help when your lead-in in a stinker. Conan never got to benefit from having a strong lead-in like Law & Order or any other popular 10pm show, because Leno was hosting a 5-nght a week bore-fest of a talk-show. It would seem that most of Conan’s “Tonight” audience would actually have to change to channel to watch him, showing their dedication. I’m in awe he did as well as he did considering how much was stacked against him.
Actually, Conan had a few months of a different lead in than the Jay Leno Show. So, there.
And, technically speaking, the actual lead-in to Conan was the local late newscasts, not whatever ran last in prime on the network.
I used to think that Jay Leno was a man of integrity, until the Conan, fiasco. Now I know that he’s not, if he’s doing a “20th anniversary”.
You’re questioning Leno’s integrity over semantics?
I miss Arsenio.
I’ve never understood why so many of you are so hateful towards Leno. He didn’t take it away from Letterman, and he was on top when NBC decided to “retire” him. Conan’s ratings were tanking…so that’s Leno’s fault? Get over it everyone.
Pam, you should read both of Bill Carter’s books on the subject. It was Carson’s wish for Letterman to be his replacement. That snake Leno literally hid in broom closets to eavesdrop on NBC executives. And Conan’s ratings were higher than Jay’s relative to the length of their run as Tonight Show host.
Leno’s prime time show was singlehandedly destroying NBC prime time to the degree that local NBC affiliates were abandoning ship.
If Conan’s lawyers had included the words “Tonight Show” in his contract the Leno prime time show would have been cancelled and Conan would still be on the Tonight Show.
Also, Leno is horrible.
I actually did read the book. I don’t agree with everyone’s tactics (specifically Leno’s agent & ex. producer) but he had, very successfully served as Carson’s replacement for many years. Letterman is such a stand-up guy, but I can’t imagine him appealing to the same audience – too edgy in those days. We can agree to disagree on this issue.
Pam i agree with you. Jay is not to blame for the conan fiasco — that is squarely on Zucker who came up with this scheme to put conan in the tonight show position because basically conan forced nbc’s hand by saying that Fox was interested — something he should have taken. Conan’s ratings dropped well below Leno’s tonight show ratings. Do you really think that they would have chosen to go with Leno if Conan’s ratings were higher???
Zucker’s mismanagement of his late night talent can’t be underestimated. It’s time to stop viewing the 12:30 time slot as purgatory or as training wheels but as something to aspire to in its own right. Future would-be Zuckers will have the responsibility of making the case to their own late-night talent.
it doesn’t really matter what Carson wanted, he didn’t own the Tonight Show, NBC did & does, and they will do as they please.
The whole Jay/Conan fiasco is NBC’s fault. It was absurd to make Jay announce his retirement 5 years in advance, when he was on top and continued to be 5 years later, Conan could never match his ratings, and that’s why he was let go. Simple.
never really liked leno but the conan thing made it worse
Leno never deserved the Tonight Show it was Letterman’s to inherit Dave was the rightful choice. Johnny screwed up when he announced he was retiring he should have also said that he wants Dave to succeed him and he’s “already talked to NBC about it and they’re in favor of this transition” then he would have forced their hand. But Johnny never did that and Dave never ingratiated himself with the affiliates the way Leno did. Jay campaigned for the job he went to all the conventions and glad-handed the local station managers. Dave thought he was above all that which is why he lost the gig.
It worked out in Dave’s favor he’s made much more money than Jay has and Dave has consistently had the better show regardless of the ratings. Conan should have been happy to stay where he was until Leno was ready to retire. Conan got what he deserved he was too pushy and in too much of a hurry. He should have waited until both Jay and Dave decided to retire.
Once apon a time the “Tonight Show” drew 20 million viewers a night, now it’s lucky to get 3 million. Late night is dead, stick a fork in it.
20 years of nothing,not funny and the worst interviewer He should get into one of his 100 cars and drive over a cliff !! RETIRE JAY AND TAKE IT ON THE CHIN
20 years of dull, unfunny amateur night yakking. One of the worst ever.
Leno’s going to find someway to nuke Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show when he gets it too. Jay’s the worst host ever.
As bad as Jay is, still rushing through the monologue after all these years to get to the next joke/temporary fix, avoiding connecting with the audience or letting the situation breathe… Fallon is like a kid pretending to dress up in his parents’ adult clothes… a deer caught in headlights making the obvious reading of cue cards/monologue jokes scream of amateurism coupled with faux undeserved hipness. Yes, the cameras like him, yes he can do impressions. But wit when it comes to interviewing and being off the cuff, and worthiness to take over The Tonight Show? Not that Leno is brimming with wit, but Fallon screams amateur. I don’t care how many young eyeballs may be watching. Give the public less and less, and the public coming up will deem that the new level of “excellence” to aspire to. God knows how much lower the bar will go after he goes.
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