Jay Leno’s ‘Tonight Show’ Exit: Carefully Orchestrated Do-Over
White House Gives Shout-Out To Jay Leno: “End Of An Era”
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I cried. Gonna miss ya Jay.
Jay will be a tough act to follow no matter how funny you are Fallon. Jay is part of the fabric of late night entertainment and the Network should be ashamed about the way they treated Jay after all the good years he gave them. I am sure Jay made plenty of money over his career so that is not the issue. Jay is a good human being and the Network should have had the professionalism to usher him out with fanfare and accolades. I think I will go to Letterman just to spite the Network!
Most likely the one and only time you’ll ever see Jay Leno get emotional in public. You have to give him credit that those final words were straight from the heart. This can’t be easy for him, going gently into the good night on top, being forced out yet again. The Billy Crystal stuff was pretty funny, but I was hoping Jay would make things a bit more personal on this final show. Quoting Johnny Carson was a nice gesture, but it fell flat. I doubt I’ll watch Fallon. It is indeed the end of an era for the baby boomers. We grew up on Carson and stuck around for Leno. Now we’re being pushed out to pasture before our time.
Jay is clearly a man who is not comfortable baring his emotions in public. Watch his body language in that speech – he is clearly so uncomfortable. It’s better for him that he didn’t get more personal than that.
Jay gave us a moment to laugh during some difficult times for which we are grateful. I admire his grace and also believe he is passing the show on to another outstanding talent, Jimmy Fallon. Chin up folks, Jay made us laugh. Ray Flynn, Boston.
Loved it! You’re the man Jay Leno!
I watched the show and found myself amazed at how awkward Jay is and how incapable he is at finding humility and appreciation. His monologue was a mish mash of jokes that were unrelated to the event at hand. The political sequence was funny, but unlike Carson, who was surrounded by love, ajay’s farewell had a bitter, sarcastic tone and the guests masked his personal anger, which again hovered just below the surface. He’s so mad that he’s leaving that he’s incapable of being gracious in a genuine way. He then quotes Johnny Carson’s last words, but not like Carson, elegantly sitting on a stool in a quiet moment of gratitude, he quotes him at the desk, with his arms crossed in an almost defiant way and then doesn’t even allow the moment to linger before he brings back Garth Brooks!?! A completely un eventful 22 years of zero cultural impact from a man who simply didn’t have the human touch to create intimacy with his audience. I don’t know if Fallon will succeed, but he certainly will bring an air enthusiasm to a show that became mundane and stale and has been for too long, in spite of the ratings. Good luck, Jay and good night!
Before ur time?….most of u guys are in ur mid 50s to early 70s…..way past the demo NBC needs. Before ur time mi culo. Dont get me wrong, Jay was good before the whole primetime/Conan fiasco but he was way past his sell date before last night.
I won’t be seeing Jimmy ..But Jay leno is a Big Loss for TV .It’s Crazy that we just witnessed the end of THE OLD HOLLYWOOD ERA ..I now NO ONE WILL BE ABLE TO DO WHAT JAY DID FOR 2 DECADES..HE WILL BE MISSED. .
We’ll miss you, Jay. Next to Carson, you were the best at late night television. It just won’t be the same without you.
Last night was a great show I really like jay and I am going to miss him every night I look forward to see him but not any more good luck jay and god bless u u r a great ever
First I’m one of those who watched Johnny Carson and I saw his last show in the early 90s when he moved on.When he passed the torch to Jay Leno. But I for these 22yrs Jay entertained everyone with his monologues which always made me laugh. Those monologues I’m going to miss. But his last show I love too.
Also I’ve seen Jay Leno in person performed over 15yrs ago. A christmas gift from my sister in law; he sold out the house and he had everyone laughing with his California jokes. But late night isn’t going to be the same without him. But I’m looking forward to Jimmy Fallon taking over the reigns when the Olympics are over with.
This is so phony. He just did it a few years ago, and said the exact same things. Who cares anymore?
They pushed out Carson. They pushed out Leno. It’s all the same.
Try to get your facts straight.
Carson was offerend more money than anyone in the history of TV has been offered if he would stay. Just days before they decided between Leno and Letterman, they were begging Johnny to stay.
He knew it was time to move on.
You’re the one who needs to get your facts straight. Jay helped push him out and NBC held the door open in part thanks to Jay’s manipulation. Carson knew darn well as did Ed and Doc. They never forgave Jay and Jay wasn’t included in the Emmy tribute to Johnny. Dave was. There’s a reason.
How could Jay push out Carson? NBC makes the decisions.
Exactly, WGA – Carson surprised everybody by announcing his retirement, but he did so because he knew it was time to go on his own terms before Leno and his manager completely tole the Tonight Show from under him.
Thank you Jack, Steve, Johnny. Godspeed Jay. Welcome Jimmy!
In this tearful thank you to his crew, Jay makes a point to say that they are a UNION crew. Thank you, Jay.
It’s certainly not goodbye to Jay for me … he will still be doing Jay Leno’s Garage on the internet (YouTube), which I find much more informative and entertaining than most late night shows. Just watch a few and you’ll see his heart is in there every bit as much as it was on NBC.
Jay, thank you for all the laughter and enjoyment you have provided me with through the many years. You are unique, a gentleman, a funny guy, and most importantly, “A very hard act to follow.” You will be missed!!!
I’m not a fan of Leno’s but this was nice.
I do take issue, as I said yesterday w/the other Deadline/Leno post, with him quoting Johnny who wanted nothing to do with him and didn’t respect him as a person or as a comedian.
I never cared for Leno.He would always interrupt his guests when they were saying something interesting just to make a dumb joke that was usually at the guest’s expense, a putdown. Sometimes it was downright rude and insulting. He did it every show. It was like he wasn’t really engaging the guest in conversation, he was just looking for straight lines for himself. Carson always tried to make the guest look good; he always tried to direct audience focus onto the guest. I think stars went on Jay’s version of the show because it was the Tonight Show and carried that history and prestige, not because they liked Jay Leno. I think they’ll continue to go on with Fallon, who I also don’t care too much for (he seems like an overeager puppy), but at least he’s likable.
Great final night. I’ll miss Jay. I think though he is going out on top, still more or less at his prime before slippage which is a good thing.
Jay’s a class act, don’t care what anyone else says.
It was funny how Garth thought everyone would know the words to Low Places, and clearly none of them did. Imagine an LA crowd not knowing the words to a twenty-five year old country song, who’d a thought.
You’re still a young guy, Jay. Keep chasing the rainbow, whatever it is for you.
Good luck and best wishes!
I feel that jay had his time; it was hooked. There is a time and place for all & he kept the best easy he could imo. I’m excited for Jimmy. He’s fresh and fun. I will keep following.
Can’t explain how much this bothers me. Jay Leno is 1 million times better than David letterman and somehow letterman is still on air. Goes to show that the renewal or cancellation of a show is not always related to the quality of it
Johnny’s exact quote was, ‘I bid you a (very) heartfelt goodnight’. His emotions were getting so ahead of him that he stumbled over the delivery. Nevertheless, a genuine speech from the heart.
Thank you, Jay, for standing up for the Unions – we need more of that! A Union brother of mine once said that Unions are a family. It sounds like Jay’s staff was a family. God Bless You!
You will be missed!
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