Jimmy Fallon told a joke on The Tonight Show yesterday that caused him a little discomfort and he needed to stop. Since the show must go on, he wanted to see if there was anyone that could fill in for him. Luckily, Jay Leno was available and took over the monologue.
This was not the Leno we used to know, he was a lot more risque and I liked it. Too bad he couldn’t have been that way when he had the show the first and second time. Wonder if the third one will be the charm. Joking, that ship has sailed. Or has it?
Actually, it is amazing how much late night television has changed since Leno left the show just a year and a half ago. All because of Fallon, if you think about it.
Ever since Jay Leno left The Tonight Show a year and a half ago, we’ve rarely seen him. But that has all changed because today he reappeared as an Uber driver. So you have to wonder if he has hit tough times? Nope, it is just some publicity he is doing for his CNBC show Jay Leno’s Garage that debuts on October 7th.
BTW As someone who has driven by him a few times, he is a really good driver. So whoever gets a Uber ride from him, should feel comfortable driving with him.
Yesterday was the debut of The Late Late Show with James Corden and CBS called in a lot of favors to make sure his opening bit was filled with big named celebrities. The bit explained how he got the job and it was Willy Wonka-esque as in people who were rumored for the position searched for the Golden Ticket. When Chelsea Handler accidentally dropped her chocolate bar, Corden found it and got the Golden Ticket aka job. The Wonka of the segment was Jay Leno and he helped to prep the CBS late night host for his job. When the former Tonight Show host was done with the training, he declared, “In three months, this show will be mine.” It’s not like Leno hasn’t done it before… But I don’t think he would really go for it? Or would he???
Another fun thing the show did last night on CBS at 12:35a was they had guest, Tom Hanks, reenact a lot of his movies with Corden in just under 7 minutes. The only negative is it included a lot of his newer movies, and I forgot how horrible they were. I actually blocked Road to Perdition out of my mind until they brought it up. I also wish they would’ve included two of his most popular TV show appearances, Bosom Buddies and Family Ties. Who didn’t down some Vanilla Extract as kid after they saw him on Family Ties?
When it comes to The Late Late Show with James Corden, it reminded me a lot of Jimmy Kimmel Live’s Oscar specials. Even Kimmel can only do those one night year, so it will be interesting to see how Corden does next week when the thrill of his debut week is over. What did you think of his first show?
Jay Leno made his first appearance on The Tonight Show since he left the show for a second time. Not only did he sit down with his replacement, he also did some of his standup routine for the audience. You know what, it was kind of a dirty. I forgot that he had that side to him because he was so clean when he was hosting the NBC late night show.
When he was done telling his jokes, it was time for him to sit down with Jimmy Fallon. The first thing the new Tonight Show asked him was, “How am I doing?” Leno responded by talking about the weather. Of course he was joking, but he never did answer the question. So maybe he wasn’t?
It was nice to seeing Leno look so relaxed. That is how he looks when I see him driving around Los Angeles, and I’ve seen him driving around in his old cars a few times.
Before Jay Leno had more money than a bank, he was buying a crappy Switzerland bank and a silver mine in Silver Bears. He looks the same now as he did when he was 27 in that 1978 movie.
BTW Silver Bears is now available to own on Cheezy Flicks for just $6.99 and who doesn’t want to add this classic comedy to their collection?
Jay Leno said goodbye to The Tonight Show less than a month ago and yet he can’t keep himself off of late night TV. Case in point, yesterday he appeared on his friend, Arsenio Hall’s, show to give him some good news. What is that good news, you ask? The Arsenio Hall Show will be back for a second season…with Jay Leno as a host. Leno was joking about him taking over his job, or was he? I mean it wouldn’t be the first time or the second time Leno took a show from a host.
Yesterday was Jay Leno’s final time of hosting The Tonight Show and he got a touching and funny goodbye song from several of the guests that have been on his show for the last 22 years. Carol Burnett, Oprah Winfrey, Jim Parsons, Sheryl Crow and Jack Black were just a few of the people who joined Billy Crystal to sing their own rendition of So Long, Farewell to the late night King. Since he went out as #1, he can still be considered a King.
I want to say to Jay Leno; So long, farewell, Thank you for the laughs you’ve given me. Now go enjoy an epic car buying spree! I hope to see you on Buena Vista again soon in one of your classic automobiles and I promise not honk you because you are driving too slow. Which surprisingly you drive pretty fast in one of them.
Before Jay Leno was earning all of his spending money from doing standup, he was earning all of his money from standup. How funny was the 25 year old in that 1976 episode of Freddie Prinze and Friends?
There are just 2 episodes of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno left and the NBC late night show released this compilation of his greatest celebrity interactions on the show. In the 7 minute video you will see A-Listers, Presidents and even some astronauts. And the one thing you will see throughout it all, is laughter and joy!
Now that we are this close to the end, I have to admit I am going to miss The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Thanks for the memories and can’t wait to see what he and his chin do next.