I was miserable watching Jay Leno on his last night as Tonight Show host after a 22 year run. He opened the show by saying "I don't like goodbyes but NBC does. I've been fired three times. I get the hint." I admit, I wasn't a regular viewer of the show but it was always comforting to know he was there. Besides, he didn't need me, he's been number one for all of the years he's been host. He started at the top and went out at the top. I just can't understand why NBC would feel the need to remove a winning host. I guess the need for change outweighs any common sense. I shake my head over the craziness of this.
Billy Crystal was a guest and did a great take-off on the Von Trapp family singing "Sound of Music." Other guests saying goodbye on video included Steve Carell, Olivia Wilde, Kevin Bacon, Bob Costes, Obama, Bill Maher, Matt Damon, Miley Cyrus, Mark Wahlberg, Dana Carvey, Charley Sheen, Martha Stewart, his wife Mavis and Jimmy Fallon. Crystal said to Leno "You were America's night light." Leno asked him on his first show if he would also appear on his last. Crystal closed by saying, "Promise made, promise kept."
And then a line-up of celebrities surprised Jay including Jack Black, Kim Kardashian, Chris Paul, Sheryl Crow, Jim Parson, Oprah and Carol Burnett (who gave her Tarzan call for Leno).
The end of the show was so touching. Jay broke down in tears thanking the audience, his staff and crew for the "best 22 years of his life." He said he'd lost his mom, dad and brother early in the show's inception so the audience became his family. He also said he's "proud to be a union show."
"It's kinda fun to be the old guy and sit back and see what happens. It's time to go," said a tearful Leno. He started to quote Carson but couldn't finish and then couldn't speak. Asked his friend Garth Brooks to "pick the room up." He sang "Friends in Low Places." Leno's last words: "Watch Jimmy Fallon, I'm coming home honey!"
Fox News has been covering Leno's departure wall to wall today. Tonight Greta Van Susteren will do a segment asking Jay to consider coming over to Fox. Another thought: Now Fallon, Seth Meyers and Letterman will all be in NY competing for guests. This leaves Kimmel with an open field to grab Hollywood stars for his show. Methinks Fox would score a huge coup by putting Leno back on with Hollywood as his playground again. You can't keep a workaholic down. I'll be waiting Jay.
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