Jay Leno Talks "The Tonight Show" Farewells in The Hollywood Reporter
During his interview with the publication, the 63-year-old TV personality chats about his final episodes and reveals the tips he's wanting to give to the new host, Jimmy Fallon.
Check out GossipCenter's recap of Mr. Leno's Q&A session below. For more, be sure to visit The Hollywood Reporter!
On his favorite items of the show:
"I’m a creature of habit. I like coming to work every day. I like the people I work with. I think our writing staff is probably the highest-paid because they’ve been here the longest. Most of the writers have been here 20 years; producers have been here all 22 years. Everybody’s been here since the beginning. People say it’s a family, which is a little hokey, but it is. Mr. Fezziwig from [Charles] Dickens’ A Christmas Carol was always my role model."
On his past issues with the production:
Not really. You have to have the ability to look back and try to figure out what went wrong. When we came back at 11:30 p.m., my 10 p.m. lead-ins were worse than my lead-in to Conan, by far. But you just keep your head down and do the work. You can complain about your lead-in among your staff and maybe to executives, but going public with it doesn’t get you anything. If anybody really believes that their show didn’t work because of a lead-in, I think that’s being a bit naive.
On his advice to Jimmy:
The strength of 'The Tonight Show' has always been the monologue. The late-night shows that have failed are the ones where the monologue was weak — two, three minutes. We do 14 minutes every night, which is almost a sitcom. It’s a lot of jokes, but for a lot of people, it’s how they get their news. There are really only 18 celebrities in the world that mean anything, ratings-wise, if even that many."
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