Tonight marks Jay Leno's final episode as host of The Tonight Show, after occupying that position for some 21 non-consecutive years. Many would argue that he stole that job from David Letterman, whom Leno's predecessor, Johnny Carson, had picked for the spot. Many would argue that he then stole it again from Conan O'Brien, who briefly occupied the spot from 2009-2010 when Leno failed to transition his act to prime time.
Everyone's favorite retiree George W. Bush appeared on The Tonight Show on Tuesday, ostensibly to promote his new library but also to show off one of his new paintings, which he gave to host Jay Leno. The painting, a portrait of Leno, marks something of an artistic shift for Bush, who has spent the past several months seemingly painting only animals—specifically, cats and dogs.
All this "breaking news" about a covert government surveillance program being used to monitor the live conversations of civilians would have been several years old if we had just listened to Shia LaBeouf when he tried to warn us about it during a Tonight Show appearance back in September 2008.
The setup for the Tonight Show segment "Pumpcast News" is dirt simple: Tim Stack of Parker Lewis Can't Lose fame plays a fictional news anchor for a fictional news station called Pumpcast News which only airs on gas station pumps.
Louis C.K. stopped by the Tonight Show as the third season of Louis C.K.'s brilliant Louie premieres this week. Here are two great bits from his appearance: ragging on Jay Leno's weird face and Jerry Sandusky.
Visiting his Late Night predecessor David Letterman for the first time since 1999, talk show host Conan O'Brien took the opportunity to discuss the infamous Tonight Show debacle with a man who knows a thing or two about Tonight Show debacles.
Bill O'Reilly appeared on the Tonight Show tonight and, no surprise here, defended Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich. Santorum, in O'Reilly's view, is so inexperienced that we shouldn't hold what he says against him and apparently Gingrich has had some sort of spiritual awakening which renders of all his past hypocrisies moot. The appearance was basically O'Reilly insisting that Santorum and Gingrich are viable candidates, especially as alternatives to Mitt Romney, whose name only came up once when it was uttered by Jay Leno.
Bill Maher stopped by the Tonight Show and bantered about with Jay Leno tonight. Among the topics covered was Maher's take on Rick Santorum and his outdated politics regarding birth control, gay marriage and life in general which included the nugget that "he believes life begins at erection."