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.