Last night was Jay Leno’s final Tonight Show. I felt compelled to at least watch part of his last show, even though I’m not a regular viewer. I had just read an interesting statistic about Jay. In 22 years as host, he only took 2 sick days. I admire a strong work ethic. So I gave it a shot.
Billy Crystal kept his promise to be his first & last guest and delivered a tame, mildly funny monologue. The kind that prompts a half smile, not a laugh. When they got to taking about the old days, it seemed as antiquated as some of Jay’s classic cars. Some of the recorded pieces were funny-like Matt Damon & Mark Wahlberg, but Carol Burnett? 1970 called…
Jay was admired by many of the bands he’s had on his show of the years.
Bush thanked Jay on their Facebook page, “It’s the final week of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Thanks for making us feel so welcome over the years.”
Here’s a throwback to Bush covering “Wild Horses” from back in the day on the Razorblade Suitcase tour.
While I admire him for his work ethic and longevity in a cut throat business, I’ve never once found myself tweeting or facebooking or blogging about anything on his show, unlike Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel or Chelsea Handler. Jay is like the joke you tell that doesn’t quite go over. It elicits a “that’s funny,” instead of an actual laugh.
The Jimmy Fallon era begins February 17th.