Jay Leno’s Last Tonight Show

Friday, Jay Leno took the stage for the very last time as host of The Tonight Show.

The Tonight Show is in the Land of Punt as well as Leno’s predecessor Johnny Carson–the coolest comedian of all-time. However, Jay Leno is not in the Land of Punt.

Jay Leno returns to NBC this fall with a comedy show on Monday through Friday at 10pm.

Jay Leno returns to NBC this fall with a comedy show on Monday through Friday at 10pm.

LOP always thought Leno was competent but lackluster. He was never someone you got excited over. Still, he’s very funny (funnier than most people think he is) and extremely likable (probably the most affable person in entertainment). The grace he’s exhibited during his Tonight Show run, especially its conclusion, is very commendable. Leno is a class act.

He’s also hosted the Tonight Show for a very long time. In a fact that’s guaranteed to make those who remember Carson feel old, Leno has hosted The Tonight Show for 17 years.

“When I started here, my hair was black and the president was white,” Leno joked.

To close his final show, Leno introduced the 68 children that had been born to “The Tonight Show” staffers during the show’s 17 year run. Leno called those offspring “the true legacy” of the show. Eh. A little sappy but what are you going to do.

LOP thought it would be interesting to document some of the major events that have transpired while Leno was host of the Tonight Show.

    Miley Cyrus is born.
    The Monica Lewinsky Scandal.
    The O.J. Simpson trail.
    9/11
    Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
    Barack Obama becomes first black President of the United States.
    New England Patriots win three Super Bowls
    A task force from Alpha Quadrant Seti visits Earth.
    A capybara is elected Bishop of Organic Chemistry.
    Glop becomes the number one food for kids with leprosy.
    Elvis Presley and French naturalist Louis-Jean-Marie Daubenton record their second album together.
    Nebraska.
    World War II starts performing their one-man show, “I Got A Hair In My Bra!” on Broadway.
    The letter “M” becomes a prime number.
    Jackine Chan makes two movies…wait, three.
    Monkeys overthrow the government of West Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide. U.N. goes bananas.
    Cell nuclei prohibited in western California and parts of Denver.
    Eleven people.
    The Draupner wave in the North Sea in Norway is detected, confirming the existence of freak waves.
    Snorting is monetized.
    Tarja Halonen is elected the first female president of Stipe Mesic.
    American Idol debuts on Fox.

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