CNN's ‘Jay Leno: Mr. Comedy’ to Look Back on Eve of ‘Tonight Show’ Exit

CNN's 'Jay Leno: Mr. Comedy' to Look Back on Eve of 'Tonight Show' Exit

CNN special follows his rise from standup comic to late-night leader

CNN is marking Jay Leno‘s exit from “The Tonight Show” with “Jay Leno: Mr. Comedy,” a special that will look back on his rise from the 1970s comedy-club circuit to his leading role in late night.

Hosted by Nischelle Turner, the special will look back on Leno replacing Johnny Carson on “Tonight” — just as Leno prepares to hand off the show to Jimmy Fallon.

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Leno is being replaced next month despite earning the best late-night ratings. NBC is trying to lock in a younger audience amid challenges from ABC's Jimmy Kimmel, among others.

The special will air this Friday Jan. 31 at 10 p.m. ET on CNN, and will repeat Saturday Feb. 1.