Jay Leno Relinquishes The Tonight Show To Jimmy Fallon This Week.

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Last evening, Betty White had the privilege of ushering in and out the old and the new. The scene pictured above says it all! How precious is this photo?

And how sad will I be when Jay Leno signs off with his final show on Thursday, February 6th, signalling the start of the new Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on February 17th?

Watching Jay was a huge tradition around here. It is going to feel very weird without hearing his zany and unique brand of humor.

There will be a gap between Jay’s exit and Jimmy’s entrance due to the enormous coverage of the Sochi Winter Olympics which begins on Friday, February 7th.

Jay Leno is leaving at the top of his game. His show stands at Number one and has done so for years.

Whether Jimmy Fallon can keep it there is hard to say. I really like him and think he is very talented but he is going to attract an entirely different audience, which is what NBC is banking on. They are trying to capture the younger demographic.

Billy Crystal, who was Jay’s first guest when he took over The Tonight Show from Johnny Carson, and Garth Brooks will be Jay’s final guests on February 6th. However, there will be surprises galore all week so tune in to NBC at 11:30 PM Eastern to get in on the fun. And the nostalgia!

After Jay signs off, he is off to Florida in February for some comedy gigs with his lovely wife, Mavis, and what follows is a great big mystery.

However, I am banking that he signs a deal to host an entertainment show with CNN. Given his adept and skillful manner in interviewing prominent people from every walk of life, including politicians, this just seems like the perfect fit. I know I would watch BIG TIME.

For now, however, I want to thank Jay Leno for his dedication and professionalism during his tenure as host of The Tonight Show. I actually enjoyed him better than Johnny Carson – he always seemed to me to be more relaxed and intuitive when interviewing people.

Congratulations Jay on a job well done. I have my remote ready to PVR your next gig whenever it is announced. But, for now, enjoy a very well-deserved retirement, Jay Leno style. Oh and your cars! Let’s not forget your cars! But that’s another article.

About Masterclass Lady

Rosanne (Giallonardo) Simunovic began her musical career in Timmins, Ontario. She studied piano with Anne Pizzale and later, at an advanced level, with Soeur Anita Vaugeois (Sister Cecile of Les Soeurs De L’Assomption in Timmins). Her vocal and accompaniment skills were nurtured by her aunt, the late Dorothea Mascioli. When Rosanne graduated from O’Gorman High School, she moved on to the University of Toronto where she continued her piano and vocal studies while attaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree. She was hired as a piano accompanist for several musical companies, most notably, the National Ballet Of Canada. She presently holds an A.R.C.T. Teacher’s Diploma in Voice from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Rosanne has studied choral conducting with numerous well known Canadian Conductors, including Wayne Riddell of Montreal, Quebec and the internationally renowned Dr. Elmer Iseler. She has been a founding member of numerous community-based arts organizations: the Timmins Arts Council, later known as Arts & Culture Timmins, the Timmins Symphony Orchestra, and, the Timmins Youth Singers…as well as the TYS Alumnus choir, the Timmins Concert Singers. In 1987, she was also selected to be the conductor of the Timmins Board Of Education Choir, comprised of talented students from Grades 5 to 8. In 1988, she was elected to the Board Of Directors of the Ontario Choral Federation (now known as Choirs Ontario), where she served as Chair of the Festivals Committee for six consecutive seasons. In 1996, in honour of the Ontario Choral Federation’s 25th Anniversary, Rosanne was selected as one of 25 recipients of the OCF’s Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contribution to the choral art. The ceremony was presided by Lieutenant Governor, Hal Jackman. In November 1997, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Rotary Club Of Timmins to receive the prestigious Paul Harris Award for her years of dedication to the artistic development of young musical talent in Timmins. In August of 2002, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Board Of Directors of Choirs Ontario to serve as Conductor of both the Provincial Junior and Teen Choir Camps, now renamed in honour of the Camp Benefactors, Don and Lillian Wright. In November 2002, Rosanne was the one of the recipients of the Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, honouring her work in the development of the arts in Timmins. Under Rosanne Simunovic’s direction, the Timmins Youth Singers and the Timmins Concert Singers have been featured in numerous choral festivals and performing opportunities outside of Timmins. In 1985, they were selected to partici

One Response to “Jay Leno Relinquishes The Tonight Show To Jimmy Fallon This Week.”

  1. I don’t understand all the hoopla about Jay Leno leaving. I only have watched him when he has a guest on that I want to see. Haven’t watched his show regularly since Johnny Carson left. I accidently ended up on Jimmy Fallon channel one night and laughed the entire hour he was on and have become a big fan ever since, and he also has a big following so I don’t think The Tonight Show will suffer with him replacing Jay Leno. Just for the record, I am going to be 73 y/o in March.


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