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After Johnny Carson's retirement from the show, Jay Leno stepped in as his permanent replacement. The format of the show has remained largely unchanged, consisting primarily of an opening humorous monologue, followed by several celebrity interviews, comedy sketches and musical numbers. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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When Johnny Carson announced his retirement, he promised the Tonight Show to David Letterman. However, NBC gave it to Jay Leno instead, resulting in a long time feud between the two. According to the book "The Late Shift", Carson felt betrayed by NBC and Leno. Carson stayed friends with Letterman until his death. See more »

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[about embarrassing Presidential relatives]
Jay Leno: You know who the embarrassing brother in the Bush family is?
[Breaks out laughing]
Jay Leno: George!
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Referenced in Law & Order: Under God (2003) See more »

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14 April 1999 | by (Taunton, Massachusetts) – See all my reviews

Do you know how all the young basketball players sing about how they want to "Be like Mike." After watching Jay Leno and having dreams of being a comedian, I want to "be like Jay" one day. Not only is his show hilarious, Jay is a hard worker. I can't remember the last time I saw a repeat.

His opening monolouge is great. I can be guaranteed of laughing out loud at least once every show. Jay carries so much class and pride on his show(unlike some other bad host, whose name is David Letterman).


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