All Star Guest Lineup Set for Final Week of 'The Tonight Show With Jay Leno'

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January 19th, 2014


via press release:



‘Tonight Show’ Heir Jimmy Fallon Visits Feb. 3 While Billy Crystal, Who Was Leno’s First-Ever Guest, Bookends the Show With a Trip Back on Final Night (Feb. 6)

Other Guests in the Last Week Include Betty White (Feb. 3), Matthew McConaughey (Feb. 4), Sandra Bullock (Feb. 5), Blake Shelton (Feb. 5), Garth Brooks (Feb. 6) and many surprises


BURBANK, Calif. — Jan 19, 2014 — Jay Leno announced today that he will kick-off his last week of guests for “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” with his heir to the “Tonight Show” desk, Jimmy Fallon on Monday, Feb. 3. Leno will conclude his incredible 22-year run with a return visit from his first-ever guest, Billy Crystal, who joins Leno on his farewell night, Thursday, Feb. 6.


Leno’s final show as host will feature both Crystal and music from country superstar Garth Brooks. Crystal visited Leno on the host’s first night at the helm of “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” on May 25, 1992.


Fallon will be followed by 91-year-old TV icon Betty White, who will be making her 19th appearance.


The guest schedule for the rest of the week includes:


Tuesday, Feb. 4: Golden Globe winner and Oscar nominee Matthew McConaughey will chat with Leno and will be joined by NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley, who is making his 24th visit.


Wednesday, Feb. 5: Oscar-winning actress Sandra Bullock is set to take to the “Tonight Show” couch and will be joined by “The Voice” coach and Grammy Award-winning country singer Blake Shelton.


In addition to Brooks, the musical guests for the week include Lyle Lovett, who will appear on Tuesday, Feb. 4. Lovett is currently tied for the most appearances made by a musician. Vintage Trouble will also appear during the week.


Leno opened his first monologue as host “The Tonight Show” with a joke about Vice President Dan Quayle’s concerns about “Murphy Brown’s” title character becoming a single mother.


“The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” has never strayed from its tradition of booking the top celebrities, musicians, politicians and newsmakers, keeping its audience on the cutting edge of pop culture and current events. In March 2009, the show made history when it hosted the President Barack Obama, who remains the only sitting president to appear on late-night television.


Leno took his place behind the “Tonight Show” desk in May 1992 and has consistently ranked #1 among the broadcast networks in the time slot since 1995. Leno has won his last 71 consecutive quarters versus CBS’s “Late Show” in total viewers, dating back to the third quarter of 1995, and has won 69 of his last 70 quarters in viewers 18-49. In the fourth quarter of 2013, “Tonight” reported its biggest adult 18-49 audience (1.1 million viewers) and biggest overall audience (3.8 million viewers) in three years and was up versus one year ago in every key ratings category.


“The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” is from Big Dog Productions in association with Universal Television. Debbie Vickers is the executive producer.

  • Tran

    Can’t wait for Jimmy Fallon’s new gig on The Tonight Show come February 17th as well as Seth Meyers’ new gig on Late Night the following week (the night after the Winter Olympics).

  • mama`s cooking the chicken

    Thank God for David Letterman . NBC late night has become a snorefest . As for Jimmy Fallon, never liked his work .

  • Adam Stabelli

    First Conan was on Jay’s first final show, now Fallon.

  • cc

    Not much of a fan of any of these late night shows anymore. But really, nbc still trying to shove Leno out the door, cause it worked so well the last time they tried.

    What kind of network gets rid of the number one late night show while it is still number one? How long before they’re begging Leno to come back?

  • Eve

    So, it will be Jimmy Fallon – Seth Meyers – Carson Daly?

  • Chloe

    I love Jay. I never watched the Tonight Show before he took over [except for the Monday nights when he filled in for Johnny]. And after NBC pushes him out [once again], I’ll stop watching. Jimmy Fallon is alright but I don’t like him enough to stick around after the news.

    I hope CNN really does pick up Jay. If so, I’ll be watching.

  • Flame

    Betty White is 92.

  • 728huey

    Sure, Jay Leno is still number one, but he’s barely number one and his demo has been shrinking dramatically over the years. And while he drew more viewers after he took the Tonight Show back from Conan O’Brien, it left a nasty taste in the mouths of many viewers, and a lot of them didn’t come back. Add to the fact that the late night landscape is cluttered with competitors now (Letterman, Kimmel, Stewart, Colbert, Arsenio, Conan, Chelsea Handler), and the switch is probably not such a big deal.

    If CNN picks up Jay Leno, they may as well not call themselves a news network anymore. I could see him on HLN, though.

  • Aok98

    TBS would be smart to pick up Leno to follow Conan.

  • Randy

    TBS would be smart to replace Conan with Leno. lol Seriously though, Leno could go to Fox, and beat Fallon’s ratings on Fox.

    This All Star Guest List is a Yawn to me. What I don’t like about Jay Leno this Jan is that for his segments right after the Monologue most of them are just becoming Best Of. The only thing he’s actually doing new every week is Headlines. What a terrible way to go out. I don’t want to watch old segments of the Gas Pump guy, or the Photo Lady.

  • Joel

    Adam Stabelli, Jimmy Fallon isn’t on Jay’s final show. He is on Monday of the final week, but not the final day.

  • Pete

    Randy, what is your ideal line up? Just curious?

  • Joel

    Wait a minute, Fallon is going to be there twice during the final week? That IS odd, guess I was wrong

  • Gary Middleton

    “Sure, Jay Leno is still number one, but he’s barely number one”

    I don’t agree, Leno’s victories over Kimmel in November and May sweeps were substantial and his victories over Dave were epic.

    “And while he drew more viewers after he took the Tonight Show back from Conan O’Brien, it left a nasty taste in the mouths of many viewers, and a lot of them didn’t come back.”

    That’s a myth. Leno’s audience shrank proportionately with network TV in general. 2008 was a time when CSI could still do 6.0 in the demo.

  • Gary Middleton

    “Wait a minute, Fallon is going to be there twice during the final week? That IS odd, guess I was wrong”

    What makes you say that, Joel? All it says to me is Fallon is there on the Monday.

  • Gary Middleton

    I’m not thrilled with Crystal as final guest. There’s something a little tired about it. It’s not like Johnny’s final guests were from the early 1960s.

    Someone slightly more contemporary like Jerry Seinfeld would be better.

  • MorrisonT

    Since this time they are moving the show back to NY, my guess is that Leno didn’t want to move to NY and NBC asked Fallon to be the host, since he is already there. People sho do not see Fallon’s show now will find him different from anyone who has ever hosted the Tonight Show. He does things on his own show that I don’t think will be accepted by fans on the Tonight Show. I think his Thank you card segment is as dull as any segment I have ever seen. He is not a funny man compared to Leno and certainly not as funny as Carson.

  • Kris

    it would be great for Conan to be his final guest.

  • Bart

    Fallon will sadly fail, because Jay’s audience is not Jimmy’s. He’s also having the Roots as his band. (an acquired taste) Jay will be on another network (I’m betting Fox) and once again his faithful viewers will follow him.

  • k:Alex

    Jimmy need to be more critical, he likes everything, everything is great and everybody is the #1 celebrity.

    Justin Timberlake did Jimmy great in SNL.

    If Jimmy change the fake positive thing, I think he is ready for The Tonight Show, you need to be critical some times.

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