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.
  • The The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson's previous host, Johnny Carson, never once appeared on successor Jay Leno's show. Carson did, however, appear twice on rival late night talk show
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    The The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson's previous host, Johnny Carson, never once appeared on successor Jay Leno's show. Carson did, however, appear twice on rival late night talk show Late Show with David Letterman (in a walk-on appearance soon after Letterman's show debuted, and later in a filmed sketch). In the years following Carson's "Tonight Show" retirement, he reportedly contributed jokes to Letterman's monologues from time to time.
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  • When Johnny Carson announced his retirement, he promised the Tonight Show to David Letterman. However, NBC gave it to Jay Leno instead, resulting in a long time feud between the two.…
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    When Johnny Carson announced his retirement, he promised the Tonight Show to David Letterman. However, NBC gave it to Jay Leno instead, resulting in a long time feud between the two. According to the book "The Late Shift", Carson felt betrayed by NBC and Leno. Carson stayed friends with Letterman until his death.
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