NBC Announces Guest Line Up For Final Week of Tonight Show with Jay Leno

NBC has announced the line up for the last week of the Tonight Show, hosted by Jay Leno. Jimmy Fallon will debut as host on February 17.

Along with Jimmy, guests will include The Voice coach, Blake Shelton, Garth Brooks and more.


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BURBANK, Calif. — Jan 19, 2014 — Jay Leno announced today that he will kick-off his last week of guests for “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” with his heir to the “Tonight Show” desk, Jimmy Fallon on Monday, Feb. 3. Leno will conclude his incredible 22-year run with a return visit from his first-ever guest, Billy Crystal, who joins Leno on his farewell night, Thursday, Feb. 6.

Leno’s final show as host will feature both Crystal and music from country superstar Garth Brooks. Crystal visited Leno on the host’s first night at the helm of “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” on May 25, 1992.

Fallon will be followed by 91-year-old TV icon Betty White, who will be making her 19th appearance.

The guest schedule for the rest of the week includes:

Tuesday, Feb. 4: Golden Globe winner and Oscar nominee Matthew McConaughey will chat with Leno and will be joined by NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley, who is making his 24th visit.

Wednesday, Feb. 5: Oscar-winning actress Sandra Bullock is set to take to the “Tonight Show” couch and will be joined by “The Voice” coach and Grammy Award-winning country singer Blake Shelton.

In addition to Brooks, the musical guests for the week include Lyle Lovett, who will appear on Tuesday, Feb. 4. Lovett is currently tied for the most appearances made by a musician. Vintage Trouble will also appear during the week.

Leno opened his first monologue as host “The Tonight Show” with a joke about Vice President Dan Quayle’s concerns about “Murphy Brown’s” title character becoming a single mother.

“The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” has never strayed from its tradition of booking the top celebrities, musicians, politicians and newsmakers, keeping its audience on the cutting edge of pop culture and current events. In March 2009, the show made history when it hosted the President Barack Obama, who remains the only sitting president to appear on late-night television.

Leno took his place behind the “Tonight Show” desk in May 1992 and has consistently ranked #1 among the broadcast networks in the time slot since 1995. Leno has won his last 71 consecutive quarters versus CBS’s “Late Show” in total viewers, dating back to the third quarter of 1995, and has won 69 of his last 70 quarters in viewers 18-49. In the fourth quarter of 2013, “Tonight” reported its biggest adult 18-49 audience (1.1 million viewers) and biggest overall audience (3.8 million viewers) in three years and was up versus one year ago in every key ratings category.

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  • Amy Beth

    Why don’t they just book the same guests they had the first time Jay retired?

  • Incipit


  • Amy Beth

    Can you tell I’m a bitter Conan fan?

  • Incipit

    Heh. Sorta Kinda. Don’t blame you, though.

  • Porfivor Nixon

    I still remember Bette Midler appearing on Johnny Carson the week when he retired, it was a magical night and an emotional week. Of course, he wanted to go, Jay doesn’t.

  • iluvai

    bye Jay. I kinda love you. :)

  • ladymctech

    I honestly cannot wait for Jimmy to debut. I like Jay, but think Jimmy will bring some new and much needed energy to the show.

  • iluvai

    I’m looking forward to the new show too.

  • supersonic

    Glad to see there are other bitter Conan fans out there. Thought I was the only one left.

  • ptslittlecomment

    Jay should have bailed after the first time NBC demoted him, but he was blinded by the lure of getting the show back. He might have had a successful show with producers who weren’t plotting against him by now. As much as I think he is stale and hate his scripted interviews, I do feel for him. Love Jimmy Fallon but really am offended by N’S belief that Leno draws don’t matter because they are above the demo in age.

  • Bobbi

    That attitude doesn’t please me either, but it is rampant throughout the networks, not just NBC. I like both Jay and Jimmy, but am not convinced that Jimmy will get the ratings Jay did.

  • milwlovesadam

    I’ll be setting my DVR for Billy Crystal and for Vintage Trouble.

    I’ll store Vintage Trouble’s performance. They are simply incredible!!