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Jay Leno got emotional as he said goodbye to the "Tonight Show" for the second time on Thursday night after hosting the talk series for the majority of the past 22 years, while a slew of celebrities, including Kim Kardashian, paid tribute to him with jokes and a song.
The 63-year-old appeared to be moved to tears in the final minutes of the episode, which also featured a performance from country star Garth Brooks, who sang "The Dance" and "Friends In Low Places" and called Leno the "dearest friend to entertainment." Check out 7 more highlights from Leno's second "Tonight Show" send-off and watch videos below.
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Jimmy Kimmel put "issues aside" and congratulated Jay Leno in a tweet on Thursday, Feb. 6, just before Leno's final episode as host of "The Tonight Show" was set to air.
"Issues aside, 20 years at #1 is a remarkable achievement," Kimmel wrote in his tweet. "Congratulations and best wishes to @jayleno on an incredible run."
Jay Leno is leaving "The Tonight Show" in spring 2014 after hosting the late-night talk series for 22 years and will then be replaced by Jimmy Fallon, NBC announced on Wednesday, April 3.
The news comes following weeks of reports that Fallon, an "SNL" alum and current host of "Late Night," which airs an hour later, would take over hosting duties and after Leno had made numerous jokes about the network in his monologues. He and Fallon addressed the rumors in a video spoofing the "West Side Story" song "Tonight."
Sandra Bullock got emotional on "The Tonight Show" on Wednesday, Feb. 5, while talking to host Jay Leno during his second-to-last taping before he leaves the series for the second time and later hands it over to Jimmy Fallon.
The 49-year-old Oscar-winning actress, who is nominated for another Oscar for her role in "Gravity," has appeared on the series 19 times, starting in 1994, when she was promoting the movie "Speed."
Conan O'Brien recently surprised Chelsea Handler in the shower ... in a naughty "nude" sketch on her E! talk show "Chelsea Lately."
The host of TBS' "Conan" shows off a toned stomach as he approaches Handler, and accuses her of stealing his former studio -- and his parking space. Last year, "Chelsea Lately" was moved to the home of "The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien," which lasted seven months during an NBC shakeup that saw host Jay Leno leaving in 2009 and then returning following lackluster ratings.
David Letterman said in an interview on "Oprah's Next Chapter," set to air in January 2013, that Jay Leno, who became his longtime rival after he was made the host of NBC's "Tonight Show" instead of him, may be "the most insecure person" he has ever known.
Check out six facts about the David Letterman - Jay Leno rivalry and the "late night wars."
David Letterman says in an interview with Oprah Winfrey that Jay Leno, who became his longtime rival after he was made the host of NBC's "Tonight Show" instead of him, is the funniest and "most insecure person" he has ever known.
Letterman, who went on to host his own late-night talk program on CBS -- "The Late Show," made his comments on an episode of "Oprah's Next Chapter," which is set to air on OWN on January 6. Parts of the interview have been posted on the cable channel's website. Leno's rep had no immediate comment about Letterman's remarks. Check out six facts about the David Letterman - Jay Leno rivalry and the "late night wars."
"The Tonight Show" has laid off two dozen staff members and Jay Leno took a massive pay cut, following budget cuts.
Leno accepted a pay cut, reportedly in order to spare other staff members from losing their jobs as well. NBC Universal made the cutbacks on Friday, an insider told the Associated Press.
NBC has confirmed that Jay Leno took 50 percent pay cut for his "Tonight Show" gig, following budget cuts.
Leno's annual salary was previously about $30 million a year, before the cuts. His salary as host of "The Tonight Show" has been reduced to $15 million. He also earns a substantial amount doing stand-up tours. During the pay check negotiations, Leno also extended his contract for another two years, until May 2014.
David Letterman recently celebrated his 30th anniversary of his job as a late-night television host by featuring on his CBS series "The Late Show" shock jock Howard Stern and "Groundhog Day" actor Bill Murray, who almost started a fire at the CBS studio.
On Tuesday's episode, the 61-year-old actor, known for his eccentric humor, brought Letterman a chocolate-frosted cupcake with 30 candles. He lit them with an electronic lighter and matches. Murray dropped several sticks, still attached to the packet, on the floor and uttered a muted expletive before he kicked it and put out the flames. Letterman, 64, then blew out the candles.
Jay Leno has landed in legal hot water and angered members of a religious group due to a "Tonight Show" joke about Mitt Romney, a millionaire Republican leader hoping to win the November 2012 election.
During his monologue on the Thursday, January 19 episode of the NBC talk show, homes of several Republican presidential hopefuls were showcased in a video spoofing a segment from the entertainment program "The Insider."
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Jay Leno has been named "Man of the Year" by Hasty Pudding Theatricals, the drama troupe of Harvard University, the alma mater of Conan O'Brien.
The annual prizes are given to performers who have made a lasting and impressive contribution to entertainment. The troupe selected actress Julianne Moore as "Woman of the Year."