It has been a long and winding road for comedian and late night talk show host Jay Leno; however, when the curtain falls on The Tonight Show this evening, it will be the last time those words will be followed by “with Jay Leno.”
Leno has been the second longest running host of the late night talk show. With 22 years under his belt as the host of The Tonight Show, he is only surpassed by the likes of comedy legend Johnny Carson, who spent a whopping 30 years behind the desk before deciding to retire.
Leno told My Fox LA that he is happy with what he has accomplished and that it is the right time for the move.
“It’s been a wonderful job. This is the right time to leave,”
Leno will go out much like he came in. His guest on tonight’s episode will be actor Billy Crystal. It is only fitting considering that Crystal was the very first guest on the show when Leno took it over in 1992. Also appearing on tonight’s episode is Country Music Superstar Garth Brooks.
After the curtain falls on tonight’s show, the late night talkfest will be taken over by Saturday Night Live alum, and current late night talk show host Jimmy Fallon.
For his first two weeks on the job, he will get a bit of a boost from the 2014 Winter Olympic Games that will be airing right up until The Tonight Show.
So, as one chapter comes to a close, another has its beginning. History will be made tonight in Burbank.
Jay Leno’s final episode of The Tonight Show will air tonight at 11:30 p.m. on NBC.