The title of a recently released CBS News article is “Jay Leno says goodbye to “The Tonight Show” (Web-site/URL: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/jay-leno-says-goodbye-to-the-tonight-show/).
“Jay Leno has said goodbye to “The Tonight Show” before, but not like this. The comedian became tearful and choked up Thursday (February 6,2014) as he concluded what he called THE “GREATEST (?) 22 years of my life“. This is the beginning of THE CIRCUS.
“An emotional Leno, stepping down for the second and presumably last time as host of TV’s venerable late-night program”, said: “I am the LUCKIEST guy in the world. This is TRICKY“. It was “tricky” for Leno to KEEP HIS EMOTIONS IN CHECK.
“It was a tender finish to a farewell show that was MOSTLY AIMING FOR laughs, with traditional monologue jokes, clips from old shows and a wild assortment of celebrities helping to USHER Leno OUT THE DOOR“. “(ushering) Leno” WON’T be “tender”. It will surely be FULL OF ANTICS.
“Leno first departure came in 2009, when he was briefly replaced by Conan O’Brien but reclaimed the show after A MESSY TRANSITION andO’Brien’s LACKLUSTER RATINGS“. There are TWO things to note here. First we have our latest “messy transition”. We DON’T need any more “messes” in our society. So IT’S ALL ABOUT “ratings” and only telling people WHAT THEY WANT TO HEAR/KNOW. ”In ’09, he was moving to a prime-time show on NBC; this time he’s out the door, and has said he’ll focus on COMEDY CLUBS and his beloved car collection“. If Leno has to go back to “comedy clubs”, his career is basically OVER, especially given his age (63).
“Looking sharp in a black suit and bright blue tie, Leno was greeted by an ovation from the VIP audience. The typically self-contained comic betrayed a bit of nervousness, stumbling over a few lines in his monologue”
“He DIDN’T trip over his opening line, though – A FINAL DIG at his employer (NBC)”.
“You’re very kind” he told the audience”. “kindness” is in EXTREMELY short supply these days. ”I DON’T like goodbyes. NBC DOES“. This reminds us of what CONAN O’BRIEN said before he left the “Tonight Show” on JANUARY 22 2010: “Please DO NOT be CYNICAL” (Web-site/URL:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Tonight_Show_with_Conan_O’Brien). Well, Leno SURE IS “cynical” here.
“Leno brought his show full circle with Billy Crystal, who was his first guest in May, 1992 and his last guest Thursday (February 6, 2014).Crystal played ringmaster at one point, calling on Oprah Winfrey, Jack Black, KIM KARDASHIAN (?), Carol Burnett and others for a musical tribute to Jay with a “Sound of Music” song parody”. KIM KARDASHIAN obviously stands out here because, as we know, the Kardashians are FULL OF ANTICS.
“So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodbye. IF Fallon TANKS, you’ll be back here next year (2015)”, sang Jack Black”. This is the latest example of HOPING others FAIL which IS NOT good.
“The Big Bang Theory” star Jim Parsons’ contribution: “We’ve watched you when we’re WEARY. Your great success is called the big CHIN (?) theory“.
“In a videotaped segment, celebrities offered career advice to Leno”.
According to Mark Walberg, “Why would I give a (expletive) about what he does. He’s A GROWN MAN“. Many “grown (men and women)” act like KIDS.
“President Barack Obama, like other politicians a favorite target of Leno’s, struck back in his clip”.
“Obama said: “Jay, you’ve made a whole lot of jokes about me over the years (as ALL talk show hosts do), but don’t worry, I’m not upset,” ”then said he was making Leno the U.S. ambassador to ANTARCTICA“. “Hope you have A WARM COAT, man“. Of course, THIS IS A JOKE. As we know very few people are fit enough to go to Antarctica.
“Garth Brooks performed his touching song “The Dance” before Leno’s farewell remarks. “Now that I BROUGHT THE ROOM DOWN“, Leno joked, he asked Brooks to lighten it up”.
“Another Brooks’ song, “Friends in Low Places,” closed out the show”.
According to Debbie Vickers, the executive producer, who worked on Johnny Carson’s “Tonight” (show) before taking the top job withLeno”, ”It’s going to be DIFFICULT to NOT come in and do a show every day for our audience who has been so great to Jay. And also hard for this group of people (the staff) who have all been TOGETHER for 22 years”. This is what it’s all about: STAYING “together”.
“Leno, 63, said he plans to continue playing comedy clubs, indulging his passion for cars and doing such TV work as comes his way – OTHER THAN hosting on late-night“. This (“hosting on late night”) is THE ONLY life he knows. Finally, “Last week”, Leno said: “It’s been a wonderful job. This is the right time to leave” “and make way for the next generation”. Again, Leno was FORCED out. He’s leaving RELUCTANTLY. Leno was “USHERED OUT THE DOOR“.
To conclude, the “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” aired between MAY 26 1992-MAY 29 2009 and MARCH 1 2010 – FEBRUARY 6 2014 (Web-site/URL: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Tonight_Show_with_Jay_Leno). So, this is indeed THE END OF AN ERA.