Entries in Tonight Show with Jay Leno (10)


Is Jay Leno Exiting "The Tonight Show" Next Year?

Kevin Winter/Tonight Show/Getty Images for The Tonight Show(LOS ANGELES) -- NBC may soon announce Jay Leno's exit from The Tonight Show

While the network says it has no plans for Leno’s departure, two "high-level industry sources" tell The Hollywood Reporter that the network will likely announce in May that the 2013-14 television season will be Leno's last as host of the late-night talk show.

Those sources speculate that NBC will move Jimmy Fallon from his 12:35 ET Late Night slot into the coveted 11:35 time slot, with a soft launch in the summer of 2014.  A Leno rep tells The Hollywood Reporter, "We do not speculate on rumor."

Another factor playing into NBC possibly moving Fallon is ABC’s shifting of Jimmy Kimmel to the 11:35 time slot in January.

A source says, "The more time Jimmy Kimmel is in that slot, the more the young audience goes that way, the harder it is for Jimmy Fallon to keep that audience."

This whole scenario may sound familiar.  Leno left The Tonight Show once before, in May 2009; he went on to host the ill-fated primetime talk show The Jay Leno ShowLate Night host Conan O'Brien replaced him on The Tonight Show, but O'Brien later left the network in an acrimonious split and Leno returned as host of The Tonight Show in March 2010.

One source added that if NBC should choose to announce the Leno-Fallon transition at or before the May upfront presentations for advertisers, the network would "get the benefit of selling Jay’s last year -- again."

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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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"The Tonight Show" Lays Off Several Staffers, Leno Accepts Pay Cut

Kevin Winter/Tonight Show/Getty Images for The Tonight Show(LOS ANGELES) -- NBC's The Tonight Show has laid off between 20 and 25 of its employees, and host Jay Leno has accepted a pay cut in order to save the jobs of other staffers, according to

A source tells the website, "I don’t think ad sales are off.  I just think the people who bought this company, Comcast, wants to go through everything at NBC and get their money back."

According to The Los Angeles Times, Leno's weekly budget for his late-night program will be slashed from approximately $2.3 million per week -- the same amount spent on his ill-fated NBC primetime talk show a few years ago -- to approximately $1.7 million.  The latter total was the approximate weekly budget for The Tonight Show before Leno handed over his job to Conan O'Brien, who left the network in 2010.

Leno himself reportedly had been making between $25 million and $30 million per year.  The Los Angeles Times reports he'll now make around $20 million. 

The pay cut won't affect Leno too much, because as The Hollywood Reporter's Matthew Belloni explains, Leno has said in the past that "he lives on the money that he makes from his touring and his stand-up shows."

Leno's CBS rival, David Letterman, accepted a pay cut and a budget reduction three years ago.

A rep for The Tonight Show tells multiple media outlets, "Jay's foremost concern is for the wonderful people who work for The Tonight Show.  He did what was necessary to ensure their well-being."

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New Bobby Brown Song Not About Whitney, Says Rep 

Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- When Bobby Brown debuted a new song titled "Don't Let Me Die" on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Wednesday night, some media outlets assumed it was a tribute to his late ex-wife, Whitney Houston.

The reports highlighted certain lyrics, including, "I didn't realize that every breath I took was from you, you were my air." Bobby also sang, "I guess I [messed] up pretty bad, I didn't know who you were, I didn't know what we had, now I'm stuck living in the past, trying to get the pieces back, but I guess now you're gone."

However, Bobby's rep denies to E! News that the song refers to Whitney. The song reportedly was written before Whitney died in February.

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Jay Leno Catches Heat from Indian Official, Catholic Group over Jokes

Kevin Winter/Tonight Show/Getty Images for The Tonight Show(LOS ANGELES) -- Jay Leno has managed to offend two religious groups in the span of one week.

On last Thursday's edition of The Tonight Show, Leno displayed a picture of the Golden Temple, a holy shrine of Sikhs in India, and joked that it was the summer home of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.  Leno was making a reference to Romney's wealth, but, according to reports in India, one official is upset with the late-night host.

Vayalar Ravi, the visiting affairs minister for non-resident Indians, was quoted as saying, “It is quite unfortunate and quite objectionable that such a comment has been made after showing the...Golden Temple."  The official continued, "The Golden Temple is the Sikh community’s most sacred place.  Even our Prime Minister went there for praying in the New Year.  I believe the person who has shown [it] is not that ignorant. The American government should also look at this kind of thing.”

The reports further state that many local Sikhs have expressed outrage.  In addition, the joke has spawned a "Boycott Jay Leno" Facebook group.

According to the BBC, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland says the government has not been in contact with India over the matter and that Leno's comments "appeared to be satirical in nature."

A California man named Dr. Randeep Dhillon doesn't see it that way.  According to, Dhillon has filed a libel lawsuit against Leno over the joke, claiming it, "falsely portrays the holiest place in the Sikh religion as a vacation resort owned by a non-Sikh."  He seeks general and punitive damages.

Leno has also irked a Catholic organization with a joke he made on Monday's Tonight Show about a Los Angeles-area bishop who resigned after admitting he fathered two children.

Referring to the bishop's namesake in the game of chess, Leno said, “I thought bishops could only move diagonally.  I didn’t know they could move up and down," and made corresponding hand gestures.  He then said, “Isn’t it amazing the bishop of L.A. confessed to fathering two children?  But, hey, he didn’t use birth control, so at least he followed the church rules.  You gotta give him credit for that.”

The president of the Catholic League, Bill Donohue, claims Leno, "has a long track record of bashing Catholicism."  He further states, "The most serious cases of the sexual abuse of minors currently taking place are among Orthodox Jewish rabbis in Brooklyn, yet Leno would never tell a joke at their expense.  The rate of HIV/AIDS among homosexuals is 50 times higher than in the rest of the population, yet Leno would never tell a joke at their expense.  But if there is one wayward Catholic clergyman, it’s not only acceptable to ridicule him, it’s okay to mock the teachings of the Catholic Church."

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Charlie Sheen Discusses 'Winning,' 'Two and a Half Men' Firing on 'Leno'

ABC/RICHARD CARTWRIGHT(BURBANK, Calif.) -- Charlie Sheen is putting all of his catchphrases behind him.

Appearing on NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Thursday night, Sheen reflected on his public meltdown this year, saying that he proclaimed he was "winning" so often because "when you say it, you just feel better about yourself."  He also acknowledged he doesn't really have "tiger blood" and "Adonis DNA," as he famously stated.

Sheen said his days of ranting are over, joking, "I'm out of slogans."

When Jay Leno asked him what it was like to receive so much media attention, Sheen said he felt like he was the "reluctant conductor" of a runaway train.  He conceded that his behavior was out of control and that he crossed a line when he repeatedly slammed Two and a Half Men creator Chuck Lorre and CBS.  He said he realized he'd gone too far when he was fired from the sitcom.

He told Leno, "I thought I could make a comeback, like you did," referring to Leno returning as Tonight Show host after Conan O'Brien left NBC in January of 2010.

Leno shot back, "At least one of us got their job back."

Sheen, who admitted he had been performing at a subpar level on Two and a Half Men prior to his firing, said he hasn't seen his former co-stars since he was let go.  He said he had no advice for his replacement, Ashton Kutcher, other than for Kutcher to make him proud.

Sheen also touched upon his new TV gig, Anger Management, which he said will be only loosely based on the Adam Sandler film.  He said he will play a counselor.  He also plugged his Comedy Central roast, which airs Monday.

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Is Jay Leno Stealing Jokes?

Kevin Winter/Tonight Show/Getty Images for The Tonight Show(LOS ANGELES) -- Many comedians have been known to steal material from other comics, and now Tonight Show host Jay Leno is catching heat for some alleged joke thievery.

The Daily Caller reports Leno told a joke on the May 26 installment of The Tonight Show that appears to be very similar to a joke told two days earlier by Andy Levy on the Fox News Channel show, Red Eye.

According to, here's a transcript of both jokes:

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, May 26

Jay Leno: "Bad news for the state of California. The Supreme Court will force the state to release something like 46,000 convicts because of prison overcrowding. But the good news -- it looks like the Oakland Raiders will have more season ticket holders. Yeah, so the stadium will be packed."

Red Eye, May 24
Andy Levy: "Supreme Court orders tens of thousands of California prisoners released. This actually might help the Raiders start selling out their home games again."

The hosts of Red Eye don't fault Leno, but they do blame the Tonight Show writers.  Red Eye co-host Bill Schultz said on the air Saturday, "Jay didn't steal anything except another Dorito.  His writer stole the joke..."

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Aerosmith's Whitford to Perform Hendrix Classic on 'Tonight Show'

Photo Courtesy - RSVP/Track/Barclay/Polydor/Reprise/Capitol/MCA(BURBANK, Calif.) -- Fans of both Jimi Hendrix and Aerosmith will want to tune in to The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Monday evening.

Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford will perform the classic song “Fire,” from Hendrix’s album Are You Experienced, joined by drummer Chris Layton of Double Trouble and guitarist Jonny Lang.  The musicians recently took part in the Experience Hendrix tour, which pays tribute to the late guitarist.

Whitford recently remembered seeing the Jimi Hendrix Experience perform at the Boston Gardens in his youth.  He tells The Macomb Daily, “It just really changed the way I thought about music…and even what kind of guitar I was gonna play.  It was like a door opened when he came along and created this new avenue that I just somehow had to be part of.”

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