After 22 years, Leno bids farewell to 'Tonight'

After 22 years, Leno bids farewell to 'Tonight'

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Late night talk show hosts Jimmy Fallon (R) and Jay Leno pose in the press room at the Golden Globes awards ceremony in Beverly Hills in this January 13, 2013 file photo. (R) Jimmy Kimmel poses on arrival for the 2013 MusiCares Person of the Year Tribute in this February 8, 2013 file photo in Los Angeles. The late-night TV hosts appear set for a new reshuffle, with veteran 'Tonight Show' presenter Leno said to be hanging up his microphone, after reportedly falling out with his NBC bosses. In the latest jostling for position in the prized late-night slots, 62-year-old Leno is expected to hand over next year to hip pretender Jimmy Fallon, 38, who could move the iconic show from Los Angeles to New York. The show's move to New York could be good news for another younger star of late night Kimmel, leaving the 45-year-old alone on the West Coast to book Hollywood stars for appearances on his Jimmy Kimmel Live show. AFP PHOTO/ROBYN BECK (L)/FREDERIC J. BROWN (R)/FILES

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by Associated Press

WHAS11.com

Posted on February 6, 2014 at 10:10 PM

(AP) - An emotional Jay Leno taped his last "Tonight Show" with help from a stageful of stars, including Billy Crystal, Garth Brooks and Oprah Winfrey.

Leno grew tearful as he brought his 22 years as "Tonight" host to a close Thursday, thanking his viewers for being "incredibly loyal."

The comedian, who said goodbye as host once before, called this the right time to leave. Jimmy Fallon takes over "Tonight" on Feb. 17 in New York.

Thursday's hour-long show included celebrity advice on Leno's next move, two songs from Brooks and a parody of a song from "The Sound of Music." That number brought together a wild assortment of celebrities, including Winfrey, Carol Burnett and Kim Kardashian.

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