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.

  • The Booper


    I like that Jay is doing the best of…. for the next few weeks. These are some funny segments taken from many different original spots.

    Useless gadgets
    Gas pump Guy

    and so on……

  • rgxx

    Maybe Leno can get a job introducing Conan on his show.

  • NJ Viewer

    In the news today, it said NBC wants Leno to stay with the network. I guess so they can put him back on The Tonight Show when Fallon crashes.

  • Douglas in TN

    NJ Viewer…less than a 0% chance of that happening.

  • Joel

    Yeah I think Fallon is only Monday. I had seen conflicting reports on that.

  • robert ray

    TRUE! WHY change a good thing?? Go from #1 to #3 or 4 .. out the door?? WHY make the SAME Mistake twice , NBC?? You silly Stuuupid people ; sometimes i guess its hard to learn lessons .. once again the headlines are Jay didnt really wanna leave the Tonight Show .. Seriously ,why leaVe/ ruin a GOOD Thing??!

  • turiaf

    jimmy “i am so excited!” fallon doesn’t deserve the gig. He will fail.

  • insync44

    Jimmy Fallon sounds so excited and earnest. Not my cup of tea but he has a child like quality like Peter Pan. I hope he succeeds. Leno is 64 years of age and, even he knows, its time to go. Just don’t like the way it was done to him. What is it about him that made the studio clamor to dump him after being on top for over 20 years. Those are numbers any Show would kill to possess.

  • Andy

    Thought it was supposed to end sometime in the Spring. Guess they’re in a hurry… can’t blame them.

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