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Jay Leno tucks America in one last time

After 22 years as the host of The Tonight Show, Jay Leno has said goodbye. One of the most criticized hosts in television, Leno has kept the ratings over all these years. Leno was handed over the Tonight Show from Johnny Carson, although David Letterman was rumored to have been the frontrunner for the job at the time.
Then there was the whole Conan versus Leno debacle. What really happened in 2009? Leno told CBS News that he was completely “blindsided” by the whole ordeal. While Conan fans still have a lot of hate for Leno, thinking that he was the cause of Conan’s NBC exit, Leno explained, “You know, you have a girl that says, ‘I don’t want to see you anymore.’ Why? You know, she doesn’t want to see you anymore, okay?” People seemed to forget that Jay was hurt just as much, if not more by NBC’s schemes.
Leno’s goodbye was emotional, and something that shouldn’t be forgotten. Jay related the deaths in his family that occurred during the first few years of his hosting The Tonight Show. He said that not having a family, the people at NBC became his family, which is why he never approached another network, they were all he ever knew.
Billy Crystal, Leno’s very first guest from 22 years ago, brought out a surprise celebrity musical featuring Kim Kardashian, Carol Burnett, Jack Black, Sheryl Crow, Jim Parsons and Oprah. Thank you Jay for making the tough times a little lighter, and tucking America in weeknights for 22 years! Goodnight!

Jay Leno has been said to be a "great boss" by his employees, a known car enthusiast, and a comfort who has been coming into our homes every night for 22 years. Jay signed off February 6th, 2014
Jay Leno has been said to be a "great boss" by his employees, a known car enthusiast, and a comfort who has been coming into our homes every night for 22 years. Jay signed off February 6th, 2014Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images
Jay Leno rounded out his 22 year run on the Tonight Show with his very first guest, Billy Crystal
Jay Leno rounded out his 22 year run on the Tonight Show with his very first guest, Billy CrystalPhoto by Kevin Winter/Getty Images