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When is Jay Leno's last night on the Tonight Show?

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Anticipation is building over Jay Leno’s last night on the Tonight Show, which will be tonight, Thursday, February 6, 2014, the New York Times reported Wednesday night.. Leno makes way for Jimmy Fallon who takes over the show.

Tonight show history

Jack Paar left the Tonight Show in 1962 and turned over the reins to Johnny Carson who held the seat for three decades. Leno, 63, will turn over the show tonight to Fallon, 39.

Leno hosted Tonight for 22 years and stayed on the top of the ratings for almost all those years. One of the biggest changes is that the Tonight Show will move from Los Angles to New York City.

Fallon thanks Leno

Fallon stopped by the Tonight Show to give Leno a thank you saying:

“Thank you, Jay Leno, for passing the torch to me. Hopefully it doesn’t get intercepted by a Seahawk. Thank you, Jay, for teaching me how to be a late-night host — but was it really necessary for me to ‘wax on, wax off’ your entire car collection? I didn’t know I was going to get Miyagi-ed when I came out here. Thank you, Jay, for giving me such great advice for the Tonight Show like ‘you don’t need a monologue,’ and ‘have you ever thought about getting bangs?’

“And finally, thank you Jay Leno, for carrying on the proud tradition of the Tonight Show host with such humor and class and for being nothing but gracious and generous to me over the past years. I will do my best to make you proud every single night. Thank you.”

The new Tonight Show will broadcast from Rockefeller Center and will debut on Presidents Day, Monday, Feb 17. Seth Meyers takes over Fallon’s old slot as host of “Late Night.”

Final night guests

Leno’s last guests will be Billy Crystal, who was his first guest 22 years ago. Jay will also be joined by his favorite singer, Garth Brooks.

Leno future

Leno says he will continue to perform standup comedy around the country. Jay’s contract with NBC officially expires in September.

But once again, Jay Leno's final night on the Tonight Show is tonight, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014.


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