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Jan202014

Billy Crystal, Jimmy Fallon Among Jay Leno's Final "The Tonight Show" Guests

Paul Drinkwater/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- Jay Leno will wrap up his long run as host of The Tonight Show the same way he started it: by welcoming Billy Crystal as a guest.

NBC has announced Crystal and Garth Brooks will appear on The Tonight Show Thursday, February 6, when Leno bids farewell to the program.

Crystal joined Leno for the debut night of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, on May 25, 1992.

On Monday, February 3, Leno's successor, Jimmy Fallon, will stop by the show, as will Betty White. The week's guest list also includes Matthew McConaughey, Sandra Bullock, Charles Barkley, Blake Shelton and Lyle Lovett.

Leno has hosted The Tonight Show for 22 years, a stint that was briefly interrupted by Conan O'Brien's ill-fated run as Tonight Show host.

NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt is hoping Leno will remain with the network after he's done with The Tonight Show. Speaking at a Television Critics Association panel in Pasadena, California, on Sunday, Greenblatt said, "I would love him to do specials for us, and we have ideas about other sorts of shows he can host."

Fallon will take over The Tonight Show on February 17. His first guests will be Will Smith and U2. The following week, Seth Meyers will make his debut as Fallon's replacement on NBC's Late Night. His first guest: his former "Weekend Update" co-anchor on Saturday Night Live, Amy Poehler.

At the TCAs, Fallon said Leno has offered him some advice: Make the monologue longer. Why? Fallon recalls that Leno "said a lot of people work all day or they work two jobs and they don't get around to seeing the news. If they happen to miss the news, weirdly enough, they go to you for the news."

Fallon said he can understand that mentality, because he got his news from Saturday Night Live's "Weekend Update" when he was younger. Of course, Fallon went on to host "Weekend Update" as an SNL cast member.

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