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Not surprisingly, Jay Leno was emotional during his Tonight Show swan song. He choked back the tears while thanking his crew and viewers as he closed off his final show.

“This has been the greatest 22 years of my life,” Leno said while crying. “I am the luckiest guy in the world. I got to meet presidents and astronauts and movie stars. It’s just been incredible.”

Fittingly enough, he ended the telecast by quoting his predecessor. ”And, in conclusion, I want to quote Johnny Carson: ’I bid you all a heartfelt good night,’” he said.

Before the tearful goodbye, Leno’s final guest, Billy Crystal, surprised him with a parade of famous well-wishers. Set to the tune of the Sound of Music‘s “So Long, Farewell,” celebrities one by one came out and delivered a humorous line.

Among Leno’s famous pals, Oprah Winfrey, Jim Parsons, Kim Kardashian, Sheryl Crow and Carol Burnett chimed in. The latter resurrected her infamous Tarzan call from her iconic variety show. Check out Jay’s good-bye and the musical tribute below.

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Thursday, February 6th marks the second time Jay Leno relinquishes The Tonight Show mantle. Leno’s first farewell drew 11.9 million in May 2009. A far cry from Johnny Carson’s swan song where Bette Midler serenaded him. That good-bye attracted a whopping 42 million viewers. I wonder how many will tune in this time around.

After 22 years on the job, Leno’s final guest will be Billy Crystal which happens to be his first guest back in 1992. Providing some tunes for the night is a Leno favorite, Garth Brooks. The two are just among the numerous celebrities who’ve graced the couch during Jay’s tenure. To commemorate the changing of the guard, NBC created a highlight reel of Leno’s greatest moments from The Tonight Show. I wonder if they just recycled the clip they used the first time ;) Check it out below.

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On February 6, Jay Leno relinquishes The Tonight Show mantle for the second time. Here’s hoping for Jimmy Fallon that his stint lasts longer than Conan O’Brien’s. That debacle wasn’t pretty for anyone involved.

Hoping to make the transition much smoother this time around, Leno invited Fallon as one of his guests for his final week. Jimmy will appear with Betty White on Monday, February 3. Who gets the honor of being Jay’s last guest? Fittingly enough it’s Billy Crystal. The When Harry Met Sally actor was Leno’s first guest on May 25, 1992. Talk about coming full circle. Find out the rest of Jay’s final week lineup, along with Fallon’s first guests.

find out after the jump

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On March 11, 2014, Jay Leno and Julia Louis-Dreyfus are among six of the people being inducted into the 23rd TV Hall of Fame. Television Academy Chairman and CEO Bruce Rosenblum announced next year’s crop of honorees on Tuesday.

The four-time Emmy Award-winning actress and soon-to-depart late night legend will join more than 130 previously inducted alums. The Television Academy’s Hall of Fame Selection Committee held its first ceremony back in 1984, when Lucille Ball, Edward R. Murrow and Milton Berle were among the first honorees.

“The six individuals being inducted into the Hall of Fame have all made a profound impact on the landscape of television, leaving their own mark within our industry and with audiences around the world,” says CEO Bruce Rosenblum. “Their groundbreaking contributions will last for generations, making them true icons who could not be more deserving of the Television Academy’s highest honor.”

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No matter who you are, regardless of star status, everyone has their fair share of fans and haters. Celebrities just have more than most. Star magazine compiled a list of twenty celebrities who have more people loathing them, than adoring them. Check out which controversial singers, self-promoting reality TV stars and pretentious actors made the list.

Naturally, Chris Brown made the cut. Ever since assaulting then-girlfriend Rihanna back in 2009, he’s been on many people’s hit list. His seemingly lack of remorse and douchey attitude hasn’t helped redeem his image. Surprisingly, the R&B singer lands at No. 20. Believe it or not, there are 19 other personalities more hated than him.

Kim Kardashian, whom I loathe, and mom-ager Kris Jenner only placed at 11th and 10th respectively. Anne Hathaway with her perceived faux humility and humbleness during the Oscar awards season earned her a No. 9 slot. Not even cheating Kristen Stewart with her surly and less-than-thrilled expressions snagged the top spot. She came up short in the runner-up slot. Find out who the “Most Hated Celebrity In Hollywood” is below and the rest of the Top 20.

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NBC Makes Late Night Change Official

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It was the worst kept secret in Hollywood and thank God it’s finally official. NBC is replacing Jay Leno on The Tonight Show for the second time. If you recall, Conan O’Brien succeeded Leno back in 2010 only to be ousted in a highly-publicized manner. Hopefully, Jimmy Fallon’s stab at 11:35 will yield better results. I really don’t want NBC to bring back Leno yet another time on the late night talk show.

“Jay Leno is an entertainment icon, making millions of people laugh every weeknight for more than 20 years,” said Steve Burke, Chief Executive Officer of NBCUniversal. “His long reign as the highest-rated late-night host is a testament to his work ethic and dedication to his viewers and to NBC. We are purposefully making this change when Jay is #1, just as Jay replaced Johnny Carson when he was #1. Jimmy Fallon is a unique talent and this is his time. I’m thrilled he will become the sixth host of ‘The Tonight Show’ at exactly the right moment, in conjunction with our coverage of next year’s Winter Olympic Games from Sochi, Russia.”

Even though Leno has publicly made fun of his impending ouster during his nightly monologue, he had nothing but kind words for Fallon. “Congratulations Jimmy,” Leno said in a statement. “I hope you’re as lucky as me and hold on to the job until you’re the old guy. If you need me, I’ll be at the garage.” In his usual hilarious fashion, Fallon responded, “I’m really excited to host a show that starts today instead of tomorrow.”

Clearly these two have admiration for each other and have no hard feelings. If you missed it a couple of days ago, the two filmed a video addressing the rumors of their rivalry. Check out the clip below which includes some singing and more.

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David Letterman Opens Up To Oprah Winfrey

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Oprah’s Next Chapter has been hit or miss at times for me. For every Rihanna interview, there’s a ridiculous comment comparing Justin Bieber to The Beatles. Regardless of quality inconsistency with her chats, there is no denying Oprah Winfrey’s increased onscreen presence on OWN has reignited the network which has consistently seen month-to-month ratings increases. There is no doubt that momentum will continue when her chat with David Letterman airs on January 6, 2013. Boffo ratings will definitely result.

Everyone likes to think that the Letterman-Winfrey feud began at the Academy Awards when the late night talk show famously bombed on a joke introducing Oprah to Uma Thurman. While horrible, I highly doubt a 16 year feud resulted from that. Legend has it that it began when Letterman and his girlfriend decided to skip out on a bill, tricking the waiter into thinking Oprah agreed to pay it. LOL. Whatever the reason it began, it continued until a little thing called the Super Bowl brought them together.

In 2007, the duo appeared on a couch wearing Indianapolis Colts and Chicago Bears jerseys. Soon after that, the two appeared on each other’s respective talk shows. Most recently, Winfrey sat down with Letterman for his Distinguished Professional Lecture and Workshop Series at Ball State University. Now, the two are once again sitting down. This time on Oprah’s turf. Check out the preview below along with what they’re reportedly chatting about. It’s good.

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Last night, Lindsay Lohan was on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno to promote the premiere of Liz & Dick which airs this coming Sunday, November 25. Lohan was just on The Today Show last week and did a brief skit on Jimmy Fallon before that.

As you probably already know, that fact that Lohan canceled on doing an interview with Barbara Walters and then scheduled in Jay Leno didn’t make Barbara very happy. Jay Leno wasted no time and asked about this whole situation at the beginning of the interview. Lohan explained that it wasn’t the right timing and that when she’s ready to sit down for that type of interview, Barbara, who she said she is a big fan of, will be the first person she calls.

Later in the interview, they talked about all of the crazy tabloid rumors, as well as one story that is true and that is that she just found out while on The Today Show that her father (Michael Lohan) did have another child and that Lindsay has a half-sister. Lindsay said about the situation that if she could offer the girl any advice, that is, “Good luck with my dad.” Check out some of the clips from the interview below.

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