Jay Leno's Final Episode of 'The Tonight Show' to Air February 6, 2014

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August 9th, 2013


As expected, Jay Leno's final episode of The Tonight Show will air prior to the 2014 Winter Olympics. Deadline reports that Leno's final episode will air Thursday, February 6, 2013, the day before the Olympics start. Jimmy Fallon will take over the show after the Olympics conclude. Since the show is moving to New York, many longtime members of the crew will lose their jobs, Fortunately, the terms of Leno's exit deal stipulates that they will all paid through September when his contract with NBC ends.

  • Sam

    I wonder if this will influence Letterman.

  • k:Alex

    Expensive change.
    Will Fallon stop with his show earlier so Seth already can start with his version of Late Night?

  • steven


    Seth McFarlane

  • CBSviewer

    I don’t really care about his departure ’cause I only watch Graig Ferguson. The only good thing is that all the members of the cres will be paid through September. Good for them :)

  • CBSviewer

    * all the members of the crew !


    Leno, if he wants to continue hosting, should find no problem getting on to another network. Surprised FOX hasn’t gotten into the late night programming. (Not including Wanda, IDK when that show even airs)

  • Igwell

    These comments are amazing.

  • Russ

    You mean final until he decides to come back and sends Fallon to… hmm, lets say… E!.

  • Joe

    Watch out Fallon, we all know what happened 4 years ago. Granted, O’Brien bombed with the Tonight Show, but Leno still pushed him out.

  • USAmerica1st

    Good luck, Jay. But can we believe him this time? Didn’t they try this once before? BTW, Conan is doing nicely on his current show out in the cable suburbs. This happens just as Arsenio Hall shows up on Fox, again, to poach viewers from the usual suspects nighttime talkies.

  • joel

    Build me a time machine because I can’t get there fast enough. Time to move on to another era because I tired of the NBC late night soap opera 20 years ago. I mostly watch Ferguson with some occasional Letterman and Kimmel thrown in for good measure.

  • Oliver

    Fool me once…

    Besides, it’s 2013. Who cares about late night?

  • Travis

    I will continue not caring and watching Conan.

  • Jeff

    NBC is stupid! Leno beats the Letterman and Kimmel most nights.

  • Kris


    Seth Myers

  • Chris

    I haven’t been paying attention: is Jay still in the “good company man” mode he goes into just after NBC announces he’s leaving, where he pretends that it’s a mutual decision and he’s not bitter about it? Or has he moved into his sneaky, self-pitying “They’re making a huge mistake getting rid of me!” phase, where he talks trash about everyone involved with the decision and begins actively scheming against the person replacing him?

    I guess on some level I feel some pity for Leno: all he ever wanted was to host The Tonight Show, forever. No changes, no improvements, no challenges, just the same routine. Just Jay and his audience, growing older and older together; who needs to be relevant or original when you can be *comfortable* instead?

    On every other level, though? Good riddance. The late night format is dying, and all Leno has done for the past decade is sit by its bedside pushing a pillow over its face. I don’t know if Fallon will shake things up at all, but at least it’ll be a change.

  • Jacobo

    I only like headlines on the Tonight Show. Fallon laughs way too much so I don’t like him. Craig Ferguson is funny.

  • DSC

    I believe it when a year has gone by. his little digs at NBC have started up again, and he already screwed one replacement over. as soon as the audience for the tonight show isn’t cool with “Slow jamming” the news, I’m sure he’ll be in the lobby, like last time.

  • T..A.

    I’m with you Jacobo!
    Headlines and Police Blotter for Jay.

    Fallon is too much of a suck up! He fake laughs at anything. He’s also a terrible sore loser and gloats way too much when he wins.

    Ferguson doesn’t care about his ratings nor for whomever doesn’t like his show. He does whatever he wants to do.

  • 728huey

    NBC took too much damage from the way they handled the whole Leno/Conan debacle from 2009, and they are still trying to recover from that. So I don’t think there’s any way Leno is coming back to late night on NBC after his stint is over.

    What perplexes me is how people are still invested in this whole late night TV wars like its 1992-1993, and Jay Leno stole The Tonight Show from David Letterman after Johnny Carson retired. The late night lineup is radically different from the 1990’s, as you not only have Jay, Dave, and Jimmy Fallon, but you also have Jimmy Kimmel, Craig Ferguson, Carson Daly, Conan O’Brien on TBS, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, and Chelsea Handler. The late night TV audience is highly fragmented, and the biggest reason Jay and Dave were so popular in the first place was because viewers would tune into them after watching their late local news. These days a lot of people don’t even watch their late local news on a regular basis and get their news elsewhere, particularly the web. so a lot of people watch other things in late night.

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