Dailies | Jay Leno on ‘Tonight Show’ Ouster: ‘I Was Blindsided'; Compares Jimmy Fallon to Johnny Carson (Video)

Jay Leno on 'Tonight Show' Ouster:  'I Was Blindsided'; Compares Jimmy Fallon to Johnny Carson (Video)

The late night host compares his prior 2009 exodus to being dumped, saying: “You know, you have a girl [who] says, ‘I don't want to see you anymore.’ Why? You know, she doesn't want to see you anymore, OK?”

Jay Leno speaks to “60 Minutes” Steve Kroft about his previous “Tonight Show” ousting and his pending exit on Feb. 6, during a pre-taped interview airing Sunday.

The CBS news magazine program has released a teaser, where Leno compares his 2009 replacement to being dumped by a girlfriend.

“I was blindsided … [NBC executives said] ‘You're out … ‘ and I went ‘OK,'” Leno recalled. He told Kroft that he never asked NBC why, but the news hurt him like a romantic breakup. “You know, you have a girl [who]  says, ‘I don't want to see you anymore.’ Why? You know, she doesn't want to see you anymore, OK?”

See video: John Boehner Tells Leno He's Not Giving Up Wine, Cigarettes to Run for President

In the interview, Leno also expressed sadness for his bad guy portrayal when NBC yanked replacement Conan O'Brien from the show following a ratings drop.

“I didn't quite understand that, but I never chose to answer any of those things or make fun of any other people involved,” he tells Kroft.  ”It's not my way.”

As for Fallon, who takes over “The Tonight Show” on Feb. 17, Leno had nothing but nice things to say — though he admits that it probably wasn't quite yet retirement time: “It's not my decision and I think I probably would have stayed if we didn't have an extremely qualified, young guy ready to jump in. [Jimmy Fallon] is probably more like a young Johnny [Carson] than almost anybody since. And he's really good. So you go with the new guy. Makes perfect sense to me.”

See video: Jimmy Fallon Warned Chris Christie About Bruce Springsteen Bit

Asked if he would have preferred a few more years at the helm of the iconic late night program, Leno said, “Well, it's always nice to keep working. Sure it is … But am I extremely grateful. Yeah.”

Kroft also interviewed Leno's wife, Mavis, in Leno's hometown of Andover, Mass.

The “60 Minutes” interview airs on Sunday, Jan. 26 at 7 p.m.

Watch the clip:

  • Curious

    How come Steve Kroft didn't ask whether Jay's already been picked up by the Fox network, as has been rumored? Perhaps because a Fox play for Jay means more competition for the CBS late-night lineup?

    • hupto

      Because Leno's contract prohibits him from talking to other networks until September.

  • Larry Weisberg

    Leno likes to play ‘dumb’ so he doesn't have to be accountable. “I was blindsided….” BS! Everyone knew the terms of the deal back in 2005 – it was announced! The fact that Conan would take over in 2009 was a known certainty! Leno is a manipulative weasel – not the ‘every man’ he likes to portray. What a load – goodbye, good riddance… and this time, please stay gone.

    • hupto

      You're clearly not a math major. He got the “blind-sided” news in 2004–that he had five years left and then Conan would take over in 2009.

      • Larry Weisberg

        I try to think, but nothing happens. (Also, there's no math in my post – clearly you're not an English major!)

        • hupto

          It was well known that Leno learned his fate in 2004 and that he had five years left. You trumpeted 2005 as though that were the year he got the news. 2009 – 2004 = 5.

          • Larry Weisberg

            I merely stated a year. Not trumpeted. Off by one. Does not change a thing a said.

          • john awe

            Larry is correct.
            Hupto is trying to be a dolt.

          • GrandpaRed

            Larry is not correct… and neither are you…………. go back and read it, or have someone read it to you………….

          • DavetheInsomniac

            Larry is incorrect.
            john awe is an idiot.

          • john awe

            Dumb dass!

          • DavetheInsomniac

            …wow. When you can't spell “ass” correctly, you really need to be careful before calling someone a “dumb ass.”
            Better luck next time, slughead!

          • DavetheInsomniac

            No, but it proves your ineptitude. As he said: clearly not a math major.

        • Guest

          If he was an English major, chances are he'd be unemployed and sucking off welfare. But I digress.

    • bob_1949

      you must be jealous of him NBC S–Ks anyway

      • Larry Weisberg

        Really? What in my statement belies jealousy? Do you often simply blurt out ungrounded statements? You must love the color chartreuse and broccoli.

        • Paul Soliz

          I agree, no hint of jealousy, simply ignorance.

    • George

      Leno is infinitely more mature, funnier and classier than Conan,.. Conan bombed in his ratings, losing almost 40% of the tonight audience. Business is business… Conan still has a long way to go to achieve the maturity which attracts the 40+ demographic..

      • Larry Weisberg

        What you don't comprehend is that NBC does not want the 40+ demo. Do you think Jimmy Fallon has been hired to retain the 40+ demo? That still has nothing to do with either the Leno/Conan misfire nor Leno's questionable ethics. In my opinion, he's still a loser – albeit a rich loser. Leno still gets none of my respect.

        • Guest

          Fallon should have a talk show on f*king Nickelodeon. I'm 17 and find him annoying. All he does is bounce around and sing stupid songs. The mere fact that he uses social media (I don't) tells me how immature he is. Nobody uses social media websites besides idiot teenagers and socially inept neckbeards f@pping to anime videos all day. Personally, I don't know why Mrs. Fallon was so desperate for a baby. She's got 9-year-old Jimmy with ADHD to raise already.

        • SamyyCiao

          PS – NBC not longer calls the shots – it's the idiots from Comcast in Philly – and believe me they are idiots's!

        • Syble

          You sound very cynical so I doubt that you will like Fallon either. I am not a fan of Fallon and he will never fill Jay's shoes in my opinion but I will certainly give him a fair chance.

        • Paul Soliz

          Read your crap about Leno. He doesn't need nor care about your respect. As for Conan misfire. Conan couldn't get it done b/c your opinion of Leno is funnier than Conan ever was, that was the misfire, putting him in the place of a legend in the first place. Don't flatter yourself by thinking you could ever know someone like Leno well enough to know what his ethics are all about.

          • DavetheInsomniac

            Wow. Why don't you just have Leno drop trou and fellate him already. Got to be honest, you sound like Leno's wife, virulently and vociferously defending him when it's obvious the man is slime.
            …oh, and for the record, Leno's “ethics” are common knowledge; there are more people who refuse to work with him than there are with ANY other late-night host… and considering how caustic and cruel Letterman can be, that's saying something.

          • Paul Soliz

            Baldie, just because you read People magazine doesn't mean you know shit about their world. Don't flatter yourself. When you make a name for yourself, then comeback with your opinions, until you're just a little troll that has his little panties in a wad, b/c the world was so unfair to poor little conie.

      • lenohater

        conan suffered from the failure of the lead-in show hosted by leno. it was a stupid format change that leno bombed. the answer was to just get rid of leno and the stupid 10 oclock show and let conan follow the news like the tonite show always has. ive never watched the tonite show for more than 5 min since jonny left. I just start to throw up a little in my mouth and I have to change the channel. letterman should have taken over from carson like jonny wanted.

        • Paul Soliz

          Of course, that is why Conan has done so well since he has moved over to another network. Letterman has had all the freedom in the world to be ranked ahead of Leno. Your changing the channel didn't bother Jay in the least, still ranked #1 with or without you.

          • DavetheInsomniac

            He has done VERY well, you neolithic imbecile. Dear God, if you're going to pick a side, at least try not to be an EMBARRASSMENT to said side, yes?

          • Paul Soliz

            Speaking of embarrassment, you might want to find yourself a toupee. Very well? How is doing in the ratings, he sure as hell isn't number 1, is he, yes?

        • Lenolover

          You can't even spell Carson's first name correctly. How is anything else you say believable? You must be in the 12 year old group. Do you really “hate” as your name implies Leno? Nothing else to spend your emotions on?

          • DavetheInsomniac

            This coming from someone who claims to “love” a swindler, weasel, and cheat? I'll take bad grammar over bad judgment any day of the week.

      • DavetheInsomniac

        So did Leno. However, NBC gave Leno a couple of years to get them back, and he did. Conan was yanked after 7 months. Not even REMOTELY fair. Additionally, Conan's final month had already come near to Leno's stereotypical numbers before he got the ax.
        Sorry, George, but you're simply incorrect.

    • SamyyCiao

      Bet your a very boring person not to like Jay – you might be right about that junk – but so what – everyone nowdays on TV, Hollwood, Washington, Wall Street lies, cheats, there are 10 bad folks for very good one. Best to turn off the TV and read a book/

    • musicianmom

      What makes you think that Leno has the autonomy to oust Conan or have any impact in the decision? Healthy competition is good business but these guys pitting against each other like they individually have any influence over their own future is a delusional thought.

  • George Kafantaris

    Sometimes we stick around when we should've left. Hard to walk away from something we've finally learned how to do.
    Jay, there's more to life than The Tonight Show; ain't a whole lotta time left on our clock.

    • dwight mannsburden

      he could actually all those cars he collects

  • phil

    NBC “suits” and advertisers call the shots. Leno had nothing to do with Conan getting the ax. If he had any say, why doesn't he tell NBC, he won't leave.

  • sincerely yours

    Of course Leno should be dumped. He is only #1. Can't he do better than that?

    • Yokie

      Well he is in first place, but that doesn't mean he's the best… I have never enjoyed him. He seems robotic. He can memorize jokes, but that doesn't make him funny.

      • Lakers61

        What is better than first place?

        • Yokie

          Me actually enjoying his show, is better than first place.. for me.

          • Matthew Gallagher

            What it all comes down to this: there's STILL noboby like Johnny Carson – and his secret was that he had grace, wit, and – maturity, even when he acted silly or did sketches. You knew there was an intelligent guy behind it who was genuinely interested in people and events. Look at his interviews. Leno was terrible at interviewing guests. He looked bored. Carson knew how to guide an interview and bring out someone's best. Letterman, at times, can do this. But Carson had true wit – style – he was a grown up and enjoyed being a mature man. Fallon is almost 40 and acts too much like a teenager. He does great impressions and he can do some excellent skits, but he's not great at the hosting part. Maybe he'll develop into it. He's a real talent, and it's no knock that you can't duplicate what Carson did. It was more than his monologue. He knew how to “guide” the whole show with wit and style. But we've lost that in the culture.

        • Seeker6

          Being Conan.

  • ELLY

    I THING COMEDIAN DANA CARVEY SHOULD TAKE OVER JIMMY FALLON SHOW

    • BillyBoy80

      Dana Carvey had a show in the 90s and it was horrible.

  • allworld212

    More Brand X replacements for icon

  • john awe

    Leno is sneaky.
    O'Brien was goofy, not really funny.
    The NBC executives are backstabbers.
    Jimmy Fallon has a girly laugh.

    • lenohater

      you've obviously never seen conans old show where he played the old “walker, texas ranger” clips featuring chuck norris. like the one where the 10 year old kid tells the lady “walker told me I have aids.” the audience was screaming for 5 minutes. just like when carson had a guest demonstate a tomahawk throw that hit the target figure straight in the crotch and jonny says “man, you Indians were mean.” it could be funny if someone ran over fallon in the parking lot the first night and killed him.

      • Paul Soliz

        If he was funny, he wouldn't have bombed in the ratings. How many people were in the audience you describe, 10?

        • DavetheInsomniac

          Dude, learn some history. Leno bombed in the ratings for, like, two years until he managed to get the audience back with sensationalist interviews (like the one with Hugh Grant after he got busted with that hooker). Conan was given seven months before they took the show away, and even then he was already making big strides in regaining the lost viewers.
          Sad how dedicated you are to an old weasel with no heart and no soul.

          • Paul Soliz

            Conan never should of been allowed the honor of the Tonight Show in the first place. He is right where he belongs TBS. A second rate network is perfect for a second rate performer.

  • Ed Norton

    predictably, Leno's departure means nbc will go from number 1 in that time slot to number 3 at best. I believe they know this so there must be more to dumping Leno than is known.

    • TPMelbourne

      He started joking about Obama and Obamacare, my bet is NBC was about to loose all those cozy WH “interviews”.

      • Floyd Wilson

        He started joking about Obama in 2007 why did they wait so long to get rid of him?

        • TPMelbourne

          Nice try, you know exactly what I mean. Once he was elected it was hands off until very recently.

          • Floyd Wilson

            I know you were lying, so I pointed out the truth

          • TPMelbourne

            The truth as told by your favorite President? You can keep your truth.

          • Floyd Wilson

            When did John Adams weigh in on this situation?

          • madcarlotta

            Now THAT'S funny! Clapping, bowing…

  • alexia

    They always get rid of the older players, so the new ones can take over. Mr. Leno is a very humble guy and he is excepting this all. Maybe it is his time. Now he will have time to enjoy the time off and do what he wants…………..On a side note……all companies eventually “laid you off” …..as years go by….it is typically about budget cuts, or like I said…..the younger ones are more of a commodity, especially in the entertainment industry.
    Good Jay Leno….You have done a amazing job and we will all miss you!!!

  • glove49

    Classic, you banter on like any of this matters. Insulting each other like 12 years old school girls. America has so much culture, yeah right. Come out of your parents basements and get some lives.

    • Yokie

      And yet here you are, glove49. I have never lived in my parents basement, moved off to college at 18 and supported myself from that day forward. Judge not, lest ye be judged, glovie.

  • Hello Dolly

    I watched Fallon the other night for the first time. It was terrible. I admit I am in my forties and maybe smashing an egg on your head is a little juvenile for an oldster like myself but I just didn't get it. He reads his jokes poorly. He jumps around like a teenager who drank too much pop and he isn't funny. I am always glad to see NBC fall apart though, the best thing they had going was Leno. You can't argue the man's timing.

    • Guest

      Hi, Dolly. I'm 17 and supposed to be the demographic that eats this stuff up like Hannibal Lecter at a flash mob. I can't stand Fallon either. He should take the Tonight Show to Nickelodeon, because all he does is sing stupid ad-libbed songs and do lame skits for people who are stupid enough to use social media and “Like” cat videos and Justin Bieber. I had the tiniest — and I mean microscopic — bit of respect for him until he jumped aboard the Team Miley STD Virus bandwagon. That skank ho should be deported to the Bermuda Triangle along with Beeb the Dweeb, Lady 9Gag and the rest of the pervert morons who light up the Intarwebz these days. He's such a child, and oddly enough, he's about your age!

      • John

        They are the children and you are the one attacking people whom you have no knowledge of personally because you dislike them? Calling people 9gag is adult like? I am sorry I am confused, you do not have to attack those that people your age like just to prove you are not like people your age.

        • mikecarroll

          She was making a point about the demographic. Perhaps it is not so simple. You are confused if you think you can ascertain her motive for ridiculing people who like ridiculous performers. Nothing in her post indicated she is trying to prove she isn't like people her age. She clearly demonstrated that she had a viewpoint that is odds with the standard image of her demographic. How much of a segment of her demographic she represents is open for study and conjecture.

          • Madcarlotta

            I agree w/ mikecarroll and dolly! To the anon guest who criticized. Reading comprehension – it's a good thing. Dolly never claimed to be overwhelmingly mature (though she very well may be!) You, however, come off as typically scolding…attempting to shame and criticize a young person, one with perfectly valid comments and distinct tastes. Maybe you're just an apologist for one of the boring, pre-fab, corporate entertainers she mentioned. Get a grip! We are all entitled to our likes and dislikes. People like Miley make millions acting, frankly, like tramps. Dolly gives me hope!!! I'd be proud if my teenager was so forward and independent thinking!

    • Sider

      Jimmy Fallon seems more like an entertainer than a talk show host. He gets involved with the band (playing the guitar) or with other guests. The “thank you” notes are dull. David is on his way out. I think Kimmell will be the next no. 1.

      • narcolepticsloth

        wasnt Johnny Carson an entertainer as well as a talk show host? I find it funny how many people are forgetting that it was never just a talk show…

        • DavetheInsomniac

          Yes, but he was actually entertaining. Fallon is just aggrandizing.

    • Guest

      My Dad is in his eighties. He found Leno boring, uninspired and middling. Unlike the Pre Tonight show Leno. He finds Fallon funny, creative, multi-faceted and fresh. Then again my Dad appreciates any one who brings a unique perspective to comedy whether that's Fallon, Letterman, Ernie Kovacs or Moms Mobley. Leno chose to be as vanilla as possible in order to get the job at The Tonight Show. Carson didn't want him Carson wanted Letterman and made that known when he guested on Letterman years later. He refused to be a guest on The Tonight Show.
      I can argue Leno's timing. He has none. He's pedestrian, dull, predictable and about as funny as that older uncle at thanksgiving who induces eye rolls and groans whenever he tells one of his `funny’ jokes.
      Leno appeals to those young and old, who believe middle of the road is funny.

  • SamyyCiao

    Cocmast just sucks – in every way. They should have fired everyone at MSNBC – forcing Jay out is there way of saying the young folks rule as they do as the young folks you have no jobs becasue of horrible economoy and live in their Mom and Dad's basement and all voted for Obama is they are Comcast's type of people as they are Obama's and his wife's Michelle's – they set out hundreds of emails to recent college graduates druing both campaigns aking for their vote – no jobs – no health care no nothing – they do not show up on the unemployment stats – they never had a job — same emails for support went out for blacks and hispanics – they are much worse off than under Bush and that is a horrible admission – Comcast – NBC – Obama perfect together – if you llike boring losers!

    • Greg

      Here we go again. Another disgruntled republican injecting politics where it does not belong. With these folks each issue in life can be traced back to the election of President Obama, Hispanics, Blacks and Gays.

  • Gregg628

    I'm 50, I like Fallon, those guys have fun on the show and I enjoy watching. Ya'll are most likely as much fun at a party as the “turd” in the punch bowl…
    I like Leno too, I guess I love to laugh and have fun. You know who sucks? you no talent haters do!! Hahahahahaha, That is all.

  • baja

    I predict it won't be but 1-2 years of losing money for them to return the Tonight Show
    to the LA area. And when that happens Fallon will not be along for the ride.
    Don't the bean counters realize why this show was #1 at night?
    The under 40 crowd is not the audience for this show.
    It is middle America folks that are looking for the monologue and comedy that Carson and Leno had.
    If they are giving up on that audience and playing to a younger crowd they don't understand what people want and Letterman's numbers will skyrocket.
    File this and show it to them when it all goes bad.

  • Seeker6

    That's alright you “Blindsided” Conan and BTW he took his crew with him so nobody lost their jobs.

  • Chester Moyle

    I just think that NBC does not care about older viewers. if you are not 40 or younger you are dead to them. They think the younger crowd is more likely to buy the products they advertise like little robots. I personally think they are wrong. A majority of today's youth are fairly smart and can spot garbage a mile away because people try to feed them so much of it. I have not really looked at Fallon but TV has got ti infantile to watch. Since Johnny Carson left its been downhill. Nowadays they get a good program and make 14 more just like it. NBC= Nothing But Clones

  • Truthteller

    It's funny to me how, in this oh so enlightened America, that we're not allowed to discriminate against homosexuals and transvestites, but discriminating against our parents and senior citizens? That's A-okay.

    And that's all this is. They don't want old folks watching late night.

    Imagine if they said, we don't want the gay demo because they don't spend enough. It'd be a national crisis. Michelle Obama would be tweeting her outrage.

  • Benjamin Roussey

    Jimmy Fallon sucks.

  • Benjamin Roussey

    If you want to create jobs you need to make this a business friendly
    environment. How do you do this? You curtail Sarbanes Oxley, the EPA,
    Dodd/Frank, lower taxes, and cut out other job killing regulations. If you want
    businesses to create jobs, this is what you do. Why do think you businesses are
    going to hire in America when you are attacking them every day? Obama is
    assailing the private sector every day, Obama does not understand profits and
    he does not understand how businesses work. This is why 15 million black people
    are unemployed and they deserve to be because they continue to vote for tax and
    spend liberals.

  • Benjamin Roussey

    What really
    perpetuated and caused the depression was what happened in 1930. In 1930, a
    protectionist trade bill was passed which killed free trade and affected
    economies all over the world, mainly us – America. It was the Smooth-Hawley
    Tariff Act. This killed industries all over America, wiping out millions of
    jobs. This is what happens when government tries to beat the market or make
    things better. They should keep their hands off, less government is better. Not
    only this, then the federal government, ran by a liberal Democrat in FDR,
    panicked because tax revenues dropped because of their own doing (Smooth-Hawley
    Tariff Act), so they raised taxes beyond measure. The largest tax increases in
    American history occurred in 1932, from 25 to 63%. Are you kidding me? This is
    what made the depression so severe in the early to mid-1930s.

  • Benjamin Roussey

    “Give
    a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat for
    a lifetime” New White House Proverb: Give a man a welfare check, a free
    cell phone with unlimited free minutes, cash for his clunker, food stamps,
    section 8 housing, free contraceptives, Medicaid, 5 years of unemployment
    checks, free meds, and they will vote for Democrats the rest of their
    life…even after they are deceased.

  • Benjamin Roussey

    Bill
    Clinton said this economy could not be fixed in 4 years giving Obama a pass.
    Wrong. A liberal could not fix it in 2 centuries, I could fix it 2 days or 2
    weeks, give or take.

    To get this country back at 3-5% growth rate and 5% unemployment rate, it is
    real simple. We need to:

    1.
    Cut
    taxes, possibly move to a flat tax (18%) or a more simpler tax code

    2.
    Reform
    and gut the IRS

    3.
    Dump
    Sarbanes Oxley

    4.
    Dump
    Dodd/Frank bill

    5.
    Dump
    Obamacare (allow for more competition and pass a tort reform bill)

    6.
    Reform
    health care

    7.
    Reform
    social security (increase age in states and stop at age 72) and bolster social
    security (make sure it is not about to run out of money)

    8.
    Undermine
    the EPA which is just killing jobs and economic activity

    9.
    Undermine
    the Dept. of Energy and Interior (new leadership)

    10.
    Drill
    off shore, open more lands for non-wasted use, become energy efficient

    11.
    Pass
    the Keystone pipeline bill

    Miscellaneous:

    12.
    Build
    the wall along our Southern Border

    13.
    Confront
    Iran and Russia over Iranian nuclear sites (take out Iran’s leadership)

    14.
    Get
    almost all of our troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan (help Afghanistan develop
    that tritium deposit and keep hundreds of drones flying over Afghanistan and
    Iraq too)

    15.
    Get
    troops out of Germany and Italy and everywhere else they do not need them to be
    and have them live and train on American soil

    16.
    Make
    South Korea to pay us to keep our troops there

    17.
    Make
    Japan pay us to keep our troops there (or ask China to pay us to keep our
    troops there) ; Bolster position in Hawaii

    18.
    Lower
    all federal wages across the board, cut benefits and pensions for all federal
    employees

    • Jay

      Complete foolishness and buffoonery, What you propose would change nothing.

      • Benjamin Roussey

        Which part?

        It would actually change everything.

        Do you know why jobs
        continue to leave liberal states for conservative ones? Because conservatives
        and conservative states are business friendly. As long as black people continue to complain about life
        (just like Arabs continue to complain about America) they will continue to
        suffer, leave their families, drop out of school, not accomplish much, and not
        focus on being successful.

        • Benjamin Roussey

          TEN
          POOREST CITIES (over 250,000 population)

          City,
          State, % of People Below the Poverty Level

          1.
          Detroit , MI

          32.5%

          2.
          Buffalo , NY

          29.9%

          3.
          Cincinnati , OH

          27.8%

          4.
          Cleveland , OH

          27.0%

          5. Miami
          , FL

          26.9%

          5. St.
          Louis , MO

          26.8%

          7. El
          Paso , TX

          26.4%

          8.
          Milwaukee , WI

          26.2%

          9.
          Philadelphia , PA

          25.1%

          10.
          Newark , NJ

          24.2%

          What do
          the top ten cities (over 250,000 population)

          with the
          highest poverty rate all have in common?

          Detroit, MI (1st) hasn't elected a
          Republican mayor since 1961.

          Buffalo , NY (2nd) hasn't elected a Republican mayor since 1954.

          Cincinnati , OH (3rd) hasn't elected a Republican mayor since 1984.

          Cleveland , OH (4th) hasn't elected a
          Republican mayor since 1989.

          Miami , FL
          (5th) has
          never had a Republican mayor.

          St. Louis , MO (6th) hasn't elected a
          Republican mayor since 1949.

          El Paso , TX (7th) has never had a
          Republican mayor.

          Milwaukee , WI (8th) hasn't elected a
          Republican mayor since 1908.

          Philadelphia , PA (9th) hasn't elected a
          Republican mayor since 1952.

          Newark , NJ (10th) hasn't elected a
          Republican mayor since 1907.

          Einstein once said:

          ‘The
          definition of insanity is doing the same thing over
          and over again and expecting different results.’

          It is the poor who habitually elect Democrats yet they are still
          POOR!

          “You
          cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.You cannot strengthen the weak by
          weakening the strong. You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging
          thrift.You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down.You
          cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.You cannot build character
          and courage by taking away people's initiative and independence.You cannot help
          people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do
          for themselves.”

    • mikecarroll

      It is funny how in 16 days the world can change so much. That being said. You are on to something. Add to the list, Tort Reform; get rid of the AMA's monopoly on health care; get rid of the FDA and ATF and the NLRB; phase out social security, welfare, food stamps, and Medicaid; Make violence illegal for unions; completely deregulate health insurance; disband FEMA; rescind the Jones Act; get rid of the Estate Tax, eliminate capital gains taxes; allow gold to be used as a currency; phase out the Fed and fractional reserve banking.

      • Benjamin Roussey

        With you as president, you probably create almost as many jobs as me. :o)

        • Benjamin Roussey

          Bill
          Clinton said this economy could not be fixed in 4 years giving Obama a pass.
          Wrong. A liberal could not fix it in 2 centuries, I could fix it 2 days or 2
          weeks, give or take.

          To get this country back at 3-5% growth rate and 5% unemployment rate, it is
          real simple. We need to:

          1.
          Cut
          taxes, possibly move to a flat tax (18%) or a more simpler tax code

          2.
          Reform
          and gut the IRS

          3.
          Dump
          Sarbanes Oxley

          4.
          Dump
          Dodd/Frank bill

          5.
          Dump
          Obamacare (allow for more competition and pass a tort reform bill)

          6.
          Reform
          health care

          7.
          Reform
          social security (increase age in states and stop at age 72) and bolster social
          security (make sure it is not about to run out of money)

          8.
          Undermine
          the EPA which is just killing jobs and economic activity

          9.
          Undermine
          the Dept. of Energy and Interior (new leadership)

          10.
          Drill
          off shore, open more lands for non-wasted use, become energy efficient

          11.
          Pass
          the Keystone pipeline bill

          Miscellaneous:

          12.
          Build
          the wall along our Southern Border

          13.
          Confront
          Iran and Russia over Iranian nuclear sites (take out Iran’s leadership)

          14.
          Get
          almost all of our troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan (help Afghanistan develop
          that tritium deposit and keep hundreds of drones flying over Afghanistan and
          Iraq too)

          15.
          Get
          troops out of Germany and Italy and everywhere else they do not need them to be
          and have them live and train on American soil

          16.
          Make
          South Korea to pay us to keep our troops there

          17.
          Make
          Japan pay us to keep our troops there (or ask China to pay us to keep our
          troops there) ; Bolster position in Hawaii

          18.
          Lower
          all federal wages across the board, cut benefits and pensions for all federal
          employees

          • Benjamin Roussey

            I saw similiar stuff.

  • Benjamin Roussey

    The greatest thing America
    offers is that it guarantees that there are no guarantees. With socialism, it
    takes away your ability to fail. Putting a bottom on you, but with a bottom
    always comes a top, to a point where your limits are defined not by you but by
    the state and Never allowing you to define your worth and who you are. America
    offers no guarantees, allowing the opportunity to fail, but in doing so allows
    you the freedom to define who you are as a person, created by God, with
    unlimited potential and the opportunity to succeed beyond your wildest dreams.

    “Life, Liberty, and the PURSUIT of happiness”

  • Benjamin Roussey

    These
    two, short sentences tell you a lot about our government and our culture:

    1. We are advised to NOT judge ALL Muslims by the actions of
    a few lunatics,

    but we are encouraged to judge ALL gun owners by the actions of a few lunatics.

    Funny how that works.

    And here’s another one worth considering.

    2. Seems we constantly hear about how Social Security is
    going to run out of money.

    How come we never hear about welfare running out of money?

    What's
    interesting is the first group “worked for” their money, but the
    second didn't.

  • norwell

    Everyone talks about the young viewers, but don't the young viewers have to get up in the morning and go to work, the tonight show is on from 11:35 until 12:30. Do all these young viewers start work at 9 or 10 O Clock ?

  • johnboy

    The worst part about Conan O'Brien is that he seemed to think he had some talent. Not! The jury will be out on Fallon to fill some big shoes.

  • Norm Thompson

    Fallon is no Johnny Carson and no Jay Leno. I dont find him funny at all. He always looks and sounds nervous. He seems to struggle with the monologue. Not funny at all.

    • mikecarroll

      Yeah, what the hell is it with that nervous uncertain schtick?

  • kheard

    I just can't get passed Fallon being a democrat political tool. Him and his band have said the meanest things about Sara Palin and other female conservatives. I guess in their minds it's ok because they are conservative. In my mind, he's a rude twit not worthy of being listened to. Besides, he reminds of Pajama Boy.

    • RexRowland

      Whether he is Democrat or not shouldn't be an issue. Comics of every stripe can appreciate the idiocy that is Sarah Palin, because her antics supply endless material for jokes.

      • TPMelbourne

        So does Obama, but my guess is Jay's jokes about the Pres and Obamacare cost him his job. Jokes about Palin get you promoted.

  • Barbara

    Well Now–do we all notice the Obama tilt??? We went from a great comedian who played it down the middle to a good showman who tows the NBC party line. What a shock. NBC biased.

  • MrRob1369

    NBC has sucked for quite a while. This is just another poor decision.

    • Luft Gekuhlt

      I appreciated that Leno treated the political parties with equal candor. Something no other Late Night host seemed able to do.

  • TPMelbourne

    Jay's days were numbered at NBC the moment he decided it was OK to make jokes about Obama and Obamacare. You can't go against the party line and expect to keep your job.

  • stefen

    Carson was the best host the Tonight Show ever had. Leno had some of his style.and the best successor though not as good as Carson. Conan was too gimmickry though funny in his own way. Fallon is also very unlike Carson and I get annoyed with his overgrown adolescent style.

  • Annoyed

    Jimmy isn't funny–and this comes from a 31 year old guy. Jimmy just sucks. NBC is a joke & I refuse to watch them. NBC: No-Body Cares.

  • agsb

    I've noticed NBC is promoting The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon often

  • MofromRo

    Mr Leno is an extremely gracious guy. A wonderful entertainer too.

  • MJG

    It amazes me with all that is happening now the amount of vitriol and passion the article has inspired. I'm old (47), but Carson did not do it for me when I started watching late night. Letterman did, and still does. Jack Parr, Johnny Carson, Jay Leno–3 different men with different approaches, who made it work in The Tonight Show market. Carson wanted Letterman, but Leno getting it was the best thing for Dave–his humor was too irreverent for the Tonight Show audience back then (old people like I am now). Now that the characteristics of the age demo have changed, and because his style has matured, Dave could do The Tonight Show–but why? Why do a show where the show is the thing and you are hired help. Late Night/Late Show with David Letterman is all Dave. Conan has a humor that runs more in the same lane as Letterman–if Dave needed a successor, I think Conan would be great, but I suspect when Dave is done, that show is done, and that may for the best. Create a new show in the timeslot and give it to a funny edgy host who can amuse several demographics, but on his or her own show, not by moving into Dave's old show. Fallon should be fine on The Tonight Show–NBS may not be courting the over 40 crowd, but they should, that is who watches after the news. Fallon has a style that oldsters can get behind and hipsters can understand.

    But all this anger should (well should not exist) be pointed at who makes programming decisions–in-house NBC folks, and the viewers.

  • tmapp

    I learned a long time ago not to go pining wings on anyone. Carson was “it”, for me for so many years but that doesn't change the fact, that he beat his wives and even worst, johnnie died, refusing to ever acknowledge, or recognize, in any way, his 6 or 7 year old granddaughter.
    He returned her letters unopened. even though his son was in a long term relationship with the baby's mother.
    I want leno

  • Oliver ‘soulwarrior’ Gehrmann

    Funny how while he's claiming “makes perfect sense to me”, his arms are going left and right like crazy as if he was trying to defend himself from something. Later on in the clip, you can again see his body language contradicting his words somewhat obviously (head shaking).

    I could be wrong since I'm far from being an expert in interpreting body language, but all the material I have consumed so far indicates that he doesn't really believe in what he's saying in this short clip…

  • Ron Carlson

    Just because he is getting older he is so much better than Fallen will ever be. His monologues stink and yes the master was Carson but Leno is still better than fallen will ever be

  • Dan Pieniak

    One word to describe Jimmy Fallon…. he “SUX”

  • Gman

    Well what goes around comes around. If I'm not mistaken, David letterman got the same news in the 90s when he was going to go to NBC. They told him No and Jay Leno was brought in instead of David Letterman. Doesn't feel good now does it? Just deal with it and keep it moving, that's what letterman did and he's doing great today!

  • chaunceytanner

    Old or older in this country is not valued. Just look at who gets let go. They who hire today rather use temp services with a contract and even though they train you after the contract is up they let you go. Hire another person cheap and begin the process all over again. No loyalty to their workers who do a good job for them. But they demand loyalty to them and the business. Where is the Labor Dept on how jobs are being handled now in tis country? So Jay is gray and old so they dumped him. He's just a lot better off than the common people who get the axe.

  • dadudedd

    Sorry but I never found Leno to be funny…..ever.

  • Luft Gekuhlt

    Jay Leno did one of the funniest stand-up acts I ever seen. 90 minutes, and only said a few things which might not have made it past a television censor. He's a class act.

  • John Handcock

    Leno did a corporate gig for us about 12 years ago. He was a real jerk, stopped his routine to bitch at some young woman who wasn't paying attention to him: he actually had a tantrum for about 5 minutes. He only started again when the crowd started booing him, what an ego.

    He is the last person that should complain about being booted from the Tonight Show. He left the show, then came back booting Conan. Read the book about the late night wars, he comes off as a snake.

  • Lou Bator

    Carson is the standard to which these fools are measured. Nobody can come close to Johnny Carson. He owned late night television. There were no other talk show on TV during Johnny's time slot. That says a lot.

  • Metalzboy

    Noone will EVER EVER out-do Carson……he was one of a kind,they just dont make em like that anymore

  • BuyGuns

    He was #1 yes….but not left enough for NBC. There is no other explanation when you dump the top rated show host for a huge lefty.

  • BuyGuns

    I think when he called illegal immigrants “Undocumented Democrats”….that was too much for the evil left to bear.

  • Eric Molina

    Jay is always classy and down to earth. I remembered him in his first year at the Tonight Show when my car broke down at Laurel Canyon drive, somebody in his nice muscle car stopped by to asked me if I needed a help, and guess what– it was Jay Leno!

  • Amidmany

    Jimmy Fallon radiates political correctness. He will help you be assimilated. Resistance is futile. Your uniqueness will be intolerated.

  • Sheila Dix

    While Leno may be leaving late night he's not leaving show biz.. No doubt he will start doing Vegas shows.I can't believe some of the names now being consider to replace Letterman. Chelsea Handler? A conceited, promiscuous alcoholic.Conan O'Brian? There was a reason NBC got rid of him. Carson on his last show defined the job as inviting someone into your home 5 nights a week. There are those that make it look easy. I think Amy Pohler or Drew Carey among others might be good.