jay leno signs off

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The Tonight Show’s Jay Leno and me at the Amarillo Civic Center in July 1989.

Jay Leno will sign off as the host of NBC’s The Tonight Show on February 6, 2014 after 22 years. Late Night’s Jimmy Fallon will succeed Leno as host of The Tonight Show on February 17, 2014.

I saw Leno perform at the Amarillo Civic Center in Amarillo, Texas in July 1989 while I was a summer photography intern at the Amarillo Globe-News. Somehow, the reporter who was covering Leno’s show for the newspaper was able to get us backstage after the event. I remember Leno walked over to us and shook our hands. He was very gracious and humble as we talked briefly about journalism. Someone grabbed a camera and snapped a photo of the two of us together.

After Leno’s final bow on The Tonight Show, he recently stated in a magazine interview that he will continue to do stand-up appearances around the country and invest in his classic car collection. Leno may also try to develop a satirical comedy program for another major television network.

-scott weaver

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