Today (May 29, 2009 at 11:35 PM Eastern) is the last show of Jay Leno’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”. As announced earlier in 2004, Conan O’Brien will take over the “Tonight Show”, and the Tonight Show will be renamed “The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien”. Jay will start a new primetime show (at 10 PM Eastern) tentatively titled “The Jay Leno Show”. The “Tonight Show” has been running since 1954. Jay started as the 4th host in 1992 and Conan will be the 5th. Aptly, Conan will be the final guest on Jay’s last Tonight Show.
The last (May 29, 2009) “Tonight” show:
– Watch directly on www.hulu.com
“That O’Brien was to be Leno’s final “Tonight Show” guest, crowning a week that focused on longtime friends, including Leno’s first guest, Billy Crystal; Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who had announced his candidacy on the show and whom Leno has imitated broadly and often; and Gibson, whose ongoing divorce and pregnant girlfriend gave Leno a last Hugh Grant moment: “Can I ask you, what happened?”
Perhaps it is just the performer’s fear that every gig is potentially the last, but Leno — who didn’t take a sick day from his show until this April and who, to the displeasure of the Writers Guild of America, wrote his own monologues when “The Tonight Show” returned to the air during last year’s writers strike — is not about to relax. He’ll be onstage tonight in Atlantic City, N.J., with June dates in Las Vegas and Rancho Mirage. And there is a new show to make.”
– CNN article
– LA Times article
– Ent Weekly Slide Show