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  • 05.29.09

Jay Leno’s Last Tonight Show

After some 3,800 episodes, Jay Leno will relinquish his 11:35 p.m. slot to Conan O’Brien. Jimmy Fallon is already in O’Brien’s old slot. Here’s our take on Leno’s last monologue: * After 17 years, Jay Leno is stepping down as Tonight Show host. That’s a long time in one job. How long? When Leno started, there was no Internet, O.J. Simpson was respected, and the economy was merely George H.W. stupid.

After some 3,800 episodes, Jay Leno will relinquish his 11:35 p.m. slot
to Conan O’Brien. Jimmy Fallon is already in O’Brien’s old slot. Here’s our take on Leno’s last monologue:

* After 17 years, Jay Leno is stepping down as Tonight Show
host. That’s a long time in one job. How long? When Leno started, there
was no Internet, O.J. Simpson was respected, and the economy was merely
George H.W. stupid.

* You excited about summer vacation? It officially started this week. Or, as Jay Leno calls it, “temporary unemployment.”

* Leno
says he’s never touched any of the salary he’s earned as host. In a
related story, CEO Jeff Immelt today asked Leno to bail out GE.

* NBC
wanted to break it gently to Jay that his last day would be May 29. I
don’t know if having Donald Trump make the call was such a good idea. DL

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