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Jay Leno Continues to Poke Fun at NBC Execs

Photo by Kevin Winter/Tonight Show/Getty Images for The Tonight Show(NEW YORK) -- Jay Leno isn't letting up on the jokes targeting his NBC bosses.

The Tonight Show host has repeatedly poked fun at network executives on his late-night program over the past week, especially in light of reports that NBC wants to replace him with Jimmy Fallon next year.

Leno told his studio audience during Friday's edition of The Tonight Show that he'd had dinner with NBC executives, who offered to "make it up to me." He joked, "They are sending my wife and I on an all-expenses-paid Carnival Cruise," alluding to the company's recent mishaps, including the engine fire on the Carnival Triumph last month that stranded passengers in the Gulf of Mexico for days.

Leno also made light of reports regarding a Canadian man who'd had a knife pulled from his back after three years, saying, "He must have worked at NBC, too."

NBC has only confirmed that it is building a new studio in New York for Fallon, the current host of Late Night.

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NBC Exec: "Tonight Show" Won't Change Despite Kimmel's Move

Kevin Winter/Tonight Show/Getty Images for The Tonight Show(NEW YORK) -- NBC isn't worried that Jimmy Kimmel is moving his ABC late-night show to an earlier time slot this Tuesday.

Jimmy Kimmel Live will begin airing at 11:35 p.m. Eastern time, the time slot currently occupied by The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on NBC and Late Show with David Letterman on CBS.  At Kimmel's current midnight time slot, he has only opposed Jay Leno and David Letterman for about a half-hour.

Paul Telegdy, the president of late night and alternative programming for NBC, says his network has survived other changes to the late-night landscape in the past.

He says, "I don't know if Jimmy Kimmel is planning to radically change his show as part of the move, but if it's the same show at a different hour, I think that we've lived through a number of those transitions."

Telegdy does know that Leno won't make any changes to The Tonight Show in response to Kimmel's move.  He says Leno and executive producer Debbie Vickers "consistently just put out a terrific, terrific show.  Week in, week out."

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Lindsay Lohan Talks Barbara Walters, Half-Sister on "The Tonight Show"

D'Alessandro/Getty Images for amfAR(BURBANK, Calif.) -- On Wednesday night's installment of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Lindsay Lohan spoke about canceling an interview with Barbara Walters, mentioned what it's like to be constantly in the tabloids, plugged her Lifetime movie Liz & Dick, and wished her newly-confirmed half-sister luck dealing with their dad.

According to published reports, Lohan's new publicists were apparently to blame for pulling the plug on Walters, indicating that they didn't like the direction the interview was taking. 

Lohan didn't mention that -- or how news of a possible probation revocation could have tied into it -- but explained to Jay Leno Tuesday only that "the timing wasn't right right now."  Lohan did say she loved Walters and added, "when it's right, she'll be the first person I sit down with."

Regarding what Leno called the "bombshell revelation" that her father Michael was revealed to be the father of a teenage half-sister, Lohan said, "I guess I could give her one word of advice: good luck with my dad."

"It is what it is," she said of the situation.

Lohan, who plays Elizabeth Taylor in Sunday's Lifetime biopic Liz & Dick, says she fought for the role, and revealed that Taylor sent her a ring once and invited her to dinner," though she admitted she was, "genuinely just too nervous" to accept.

Lohan also appeared in a cold open to the show, in a bit about a nervous Tonight Show staffer lamenting to Leno about a "diva" who had a list of demands behind the scenes.  The diva turned out to be NBC newsman David Gregory.

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Obama to Appear on "The Tonight Show" Wednesday

Kevin Winter/NBCUniversal/Getty Images(BURBANK, Calif.) -- President Obama will visit The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Wednesday night. 

The visit will mark Obama's fifth appearance on The Tonight Show, his third since becoming president.

In a statement, NBC said the president will take to the couch next to Jay Leno to "discuss the home stretch of the campaign."

Obama was a guest on CBS' Late Show With David Letterman last month, and he made an appearance last week on Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

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Johnny Carson Debuted as "Tonight Show" Host 50 Years Ago

Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- Monday marks a special anniversary in the history of The Tonight Show.  Fifty years ago, on Oct. 1, 1962, Johnny Carson began his long run as host of NBC's late-night program.

Carson was The Tonight Show's third host, following Steve Allen and Jack Paar.  Alongside his sidekick, Ed McMahon, Carson enchanted audiences and introduced several famous comedy bits, including Carnac the Magnificent.

Carson's stint on the show ended on May 22, 1992.  He was succeeded by Jay Leno, following a behind-the-scenes battle for his job that also involved then-NBC Late Night host David Letterman.  Letterman would eventually move on to CBS.

Carson died in 2005, at the age of 79.

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