Jay Leno is stepping down on Thursday to make way for The Tonight Show’s new host Jimmy Fallon.
Billy Crystal, who was Leno’s first guest in 1992, is scheduled to be his final one as well. Garth Brooks will also make an appearance, along with surprises being kept under wraps.
“It is going to be difficult not doing a show every day, and it will be difficult for the staff who have all been together for 22 years,” said executive producer Debbie Vickers.
Leno, 63, said he will continue playing comedy clubs, indulging his passion for cars and doing whatever TV work comes his way, other than hosting on late-night. “It has been a wonderful job. This is the right time to leave,” he said last week.
Miley Cyrus did a guest appearance on ‘The Tonight Show’ Thursday and chatted with soon-to-be retired host Jay Leno on a number of topics, including the recent antics of Canadian pop singer Justin Bieber.
The ‘Wrecking Ball’ singer, no stranger to controversy, wasn’t taking herself too seriously when dishing some advice to the teen who has been arrested twice in the past week.
She mused, “You’ve got a lot of money. Pay people to make sure you don’t get into trouble. Party at your house. Add a club to it.”
Regarding her own situation, she said emphatically that she has no mugshots in her portfolio, “I’m not doing anything illegal. I’m doing a lot of stuff. Everything I do is legal in California.”
We expect she is talking about the things she is doing now that she is a legal adult. Who can forget the bong controversy that erupted in 2010 when video leaked from her 18th birthday. Afterward the former Hannah Montana star claims it was actually the psychedelic herb salvia in the bong — a legal substance.
She told Leno that her mother Tish Cyrus hates it that she chooses to stick her tongue out all the time instead of showing off her perfect teeth.
Jimmy Fallon will take over the reins of the ‘Tonight Show’ during the second week of the Olympics, making his debut February 17.
Appearing as his first guest will be ‘Men in Black’ actor Will Smith, with Bono group U2 taking on the musical guest duties for the evening.
Veteran host Jay Leno has also announced the guest lineup for his final week at the helm of the ‘Tonight Show.’ He’ll sit down with Betty White, Matthew McConaughey, Sandra Bullock, Blake Shelton, Lyle Lovett, Charles Barkley and his replacement Jimmy Fallon.
Jay has chosen to feature Billy Crystal as his final guest for a sentimental reason. The comedic actor was his first guest in May 1992 when he took over for Johnny Carson. His last musical guest will be Garth Brooks.
Leno has said previously that he didn’t want to discuss his future plans until he finished his final week on the show. NBC Entertainment president Robert Greenblatt has a few things up his sleeve, should Jay be interested.
“I would love him to do specials with us, and we’ve got ideas about other sorts of shows he can host. As he told me recently, NBC has really been his only home.”
Jay Leno received a priceless gift Tuesday on the TONIGHT show from his special guest President George W. Bush.
The former POTUS and First Lady Laura Bush accepted an invitation to appear on the NBC evening talk show, much to Leno’s shock and delight. They brought along a spectacular present for the soon-to-be retired Leno.
President Bush presented Jay with a portrait that he painted — a very good likeness of the stand up comedian. He remarked with a straight face, “I am a painter. You may not think I’m a painter; I think I’m a painter.”
W has been taking lessons in Dallas and reportedly told his instructor at the onset, “There’s a Rembrandt trapped in this body. Your job is to find him.”
Leno remarked that Bush “looks much more relaxed” since returning to private life. Bush cracked, “Duh!”
Other subjects covered included a discussion of his recent heart surgery. Mrs. Bush indicates she was very frightened but her husband said flippantly, “I wasn’t that scared.” Leno interjected, “You had Obamacare?” That got a big laugh.
Check out a short clip showing some of the president’s artwork:
Reality star Kim Kardashian made a guest appearance Wednesday on The Tonight Show and chatted it up about her recent sexy swimsuit selfie posted to Instagram.
Kim was rocking a white lace see-through dress by Dolce & Gabbana that featured a prominent view of her black bra and bikini-styled pants.
She told Jay Leno, “I was trying on a bathing suit, and I actually just sent that to my boyfriend, my fiance, and I was like, ‘Babe, can I post this up? This is my big, like, middle finger to the world on everyone that called me fat.’”
It turns out the ‘Keep Up with the Kardashians’ celeb is holding a grudge against all of the haters who mocked her when she put on 50 pounds while pregnant with baby North.
Kardashian revealed, “It really hurt my soul. I was gaining weight because I was pregnant, and it was really hard to read all these stories and hear all these nasty things. I’ve definitely tried to live more of a private life because of that.”
Regarding her recent engagement, KK dropped a few hints about the wedding. It will be a destination event with Bruce Jenner walking her down the aisle sometime next summer. She will pick the place and is thinking Italy or Kanye’s favorite place on the planet … Paris. She will become Kim Kardashian West — adding his name to hers.
Kim will turn over the planning to her rapper fiance Kanye West for what is likely to be another over-the-top extravaganza–suitable for a two-part E! special perhaps?
Check out her conversation with Jay Leno below:
Photo: Video Screen Grab, Instagram-Kim Kardashian