Type
News/Talk Show
Premiered
May. 25, 1992
Status
Canceled/Ended
Runtime
60 min.
Country
USA
Network
NBC TV Network
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The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

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.

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The show had 22 seasons and 2797 episodes air between 1992 and 2014.

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CNN Give Jay Leno His Own Special Before Final 'Tonight Show'
Before Jay Leno passes on the reigns to his successor Jimmy Fallon, the folks over at CNN want to pay tribute to Leno's long-standing hosting career. The network will launch a special Jay Leno: Mr. Comedy, highlighting Leno's amazing life and successes, with CNN's Nischelle Turner serving as the host. The program will take a look back at Leno's impressive career, beginning in the 1970s in comedy clubs, all the way through to his very first television debut in the '80s, and ending with his takeover of The Tonight Show in the '90s

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  • Airs at 11:35pm but tapes at 5:30pm, California time.
  • On September 27, 2004, the 50th anniversary of "The Tonight Show"'s debut, NBC announced that 'Conan O'Brien' would take over the show in 2009. Leno was still leading the late-night ratings…
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    On September 27, 2004, the 50th anniversary of "The Tonight Show"'s debut, NBC announced that 'Conan O'Brien' would take over the show in 2009. Leno was still leading the late-night ratings but O'Brien was promised the show so that he would not leave NBC. NBC did not want to lose Leno either and created The Jay Leno Show, the first nightly network primetime talk show. In 2010, due to poor ratings for both O'Brien and Leno's shows, NBC wanted to move Leno's show into O'Brien timeslot, with O'Brien's "Tonight Show" airing at 12:05 am. O'Brien publicly announced that he would rather leave the show than allow that to happen. NBC and O'Brien reached a settlement to allow him to leave the show seven months into his tenure. Leno returned to "The Tonight Show" in March 2010.
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  • Became the first American nightly talk show to air in HD on April 26th, 1999.
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