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Brian Williams Wanted to Succeed Letterman

According to new investigative report

(Newser) - Previous reports have noted that Brian Williams once lobbied for Jay Leno's Tonight Show job, and now it turns out Williams tried to get David Letterman's job, too. That's just one of the tidbits from a new investigative piece by Gabriel Sherman in New York that... More »

Hollywood Shuns Posh Hotels ... Over Harsh Islamic Law

Stars protest Brunei ownership after nation OKs stoning

(Newser) - Hollywood has turned its back on two of its favorite hotels over harsh Islamic laws introduced in the tiny sultanate of Brunei. The Beverly Hills Hotel and the Hotel Bel-Air are owned by Brunei's sultan and at least nine major entertainment industry events have been pulled from the hotels,... More »

Leno Says Goodbye—Again

'I don't like goodbyes, NBC does'

(Newser) - A tearful Jay Leno said a second and presumably final farewell to the Tonight Show last night after 22 years, calling himself "the luckiest guy in the world." In an unusually sentimental moment for the host, he shared that he lost his mother the first year he hosted... More »

Tonight, Jay Leno Bids Adieu to Tonight

Sandra Bullock cries; plus, what's next for Leno

(Newser) - Jay Leno will host his last episode of the Tonight Show tonight. A roundup of the news swirling around his departure:
  • Sandra Bullock appeared on last night's show, and offered a tearful tribute to Leno, according to the Hollywood Reporter . "You've always been so kind. That's
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15 Celebs Who Were Banished From Talk Shows

Madonna, Piers Morgan, and Hugh Grant were all banned

(Newser) - Ever shown a rude guest the door and slammed it hard enough to send a message? Well, talk show hosts have performed the same bold feat—and with some of the major egos of Hollywood. Styleblazer lists 15 stars who were told to never return:
  • Hugh Grant. Daily Show host
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George W. Bush's Latest Painting: Jay Leno

Former president interviewed on 'Tonight Show'

(Newser) - George W. Bush sat down with Jay Leno on the Tonight Show last night, making what NPR calls a "relatively rare appearance on national TV." (As he explained to Leno, with the late night host "about to head out to pasture ," the former president "just... More »

Flight Attendant Sues Leno—Over Bestiality Jokes

Flight attendant wants world to know she did not have sex with rats

(Newser) - A segment from earlier this year has landed Jay Leno in hot water, and it's all thanks to a couple of bestiality jokes. Former American Airlines flight attendant Louann Giambattista sued the airline back in June over a bizarre situation: The 55-year-old said her co-workers lied and said she... More »

Kardashian: Swimsuit Pic Was 'Big Middle Finger'

Talks about weight loss with Jay Leno on the 'Tonight Show'

(Newser) - That swimsuit selfie Kim Kardashian posted to Instagram a couple weeks ago was a "big middle finger to the world," Kardashian told Jay Leno last night on the Tonight Show . All the critics who snarked about the weight she gained while pregnant "really hurt my soul,"... More »

Jay Leno's Last Show: February 6

Jimmy Fallon takes over after the Olympics

(Newser) - Jay Leno's last night hosting his Tonight Show will be February 6, reports Deadline.com . And this time , it's expected to stick. The decision means that Leno will host right up until the Winter Olympics begin on NBC, and Jimmy Fallon will take over after they end on... More »

Obama to Leno: 'We Don't Have Domestic Spy Program'

Covers a lot of ground, from Snowden to terror, on 'Tonight Show'

(Newser) - President Obama covered a lot of bases—most of them serious—in his fourth Tonight Show appearance as president. Some highlights from the Jay Leno interview, which Politico sees as part of the president's push to "get back to being Barack Obama again" and stop being the butt... More »

Celebs Back Calif. Prisoners' Hunger Strike

Jay Leno, Bonnie Raitt, others sign letter to governor

(Newser) - California prisoners have been hunger striking since July 8 to protest the state's use of solitary confinement, and now they have a cohort of celebrities and other big names on their side. In a letter to Gov. Jerry Brown sent yesterday, Gloria Steinem, Jesse Jackson, Bonnie Raitt, Jay Leno,... More »

Spitzer: Wall St. 'Desperately' Wants Me to Lose

Would-be comptroller goes on Leno to made his case

(Newser) - Eliot Spitzer followed in Hugh Grant's infamous hookin'-boot steps to Jay Leno's couch last night, continuing his string of mea culpas as he looks to re-enter the public arena via a run for New York City comptroller . Leno was to the point, notes the AP , asking the... More »

Leno: Yep, I'm Gone Next Year

Jimmy Fallon expected to take over 'Tonight Show' in February

(Newser) - The worst-kept secret in Hollywood is secret no more. NBC and Jay Leno confirmed today that Leno will leave his Tonight Show in 2014 after 22 years and turn over hosting duties to Jimmy Fallon, says the Hollywood Reporter . As part of the move, Fallon will indeed bring the show... More »

Leno, Fallon Duet on Tonight's Future

Hosts show their friendship, West Side Story -style

(Newser) - Jay Leno and Jimmy Fallon have had it up to here with hearsay about the Tonight Show's future, and they're doing something about it: singing. The two hosts launched into a version of "Tonight, Tonight" from West Side Story last night, reflecting on what's next for... More »

Critics 'Despise' Leno—But Audiences Adore Him

NBC is making a mistake: Howard Kurtz

(Newser) - To hear the media tell it, it's about time NBC kicked Jay Leno to the curb . TV critics hate Leno—you can see it in the way they're covering this newest debacle—but most of the country loves him, Howard Kurtz points out on CNN . Leno has the... More »

Leno Won't Let Up on NBC Jokes

He slams network again, twice, amid speculation on Fallon taking over

(Newser) - He just can't stop , apparently. Jay Leno kept up the NBC jokes last night amid speculation that the network is getting ready to replace him with Jimmy Fallon next year, reports Entertainment Weekly . The latest offerings:
  • “Doctors in Canada were shocked after pulling a three-inch knife blade from
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Leno Bashes NBC Amid Fallon Rumors

'Tonight Show' host hits network 3 nights in a row

(Newser) - Hmm, can anyone think of a reason Jay Leno might be unhappy with NBC? Amid rumors that he's being replaced as Tonight Show host by Jimmy Fallon, Leno has mocked his network for the past three nights, the AP reports. Late night hosts often take potshots at the hand... More »

Fallon Replaces Leno Next Year

Show will move back to New York in new studio, says NYT

(Newser) - Those murmurings about Jimmy Fallon replacing Jay Leno next year? OK, they're still rumors, but three different outlets—the New York Times , the LA Times , and the Hollywood Reporter —now say it's a done deal, with the only question being the timing. The best bet seems to... More »

Is NBC Talking Exit Plan for Leno?

Sources say network is worried about losing young audience, eying Jimmy Fallon

(Newser) - The end could be nigh again for Jay Leno: The Hollywood Reporter , citing "two high-level industry sources," says that NBC is looking to make the 2013-2014 season of the Tonight Show the comedian's last. Leno's heir apparent this time around? Jimmy Fallon, as the network reportedly... More »

11 Stars Who Got Their Start at ... McDonald's

Hey, we don't all go straight to the top

(Newser) - Currently flipping burgers at McDonald's? No worries, Rachel McAdams once earned her money doing the same. Huffington Post lists 11 now-superstars who were once McDonald's employees:
  • Sharon Stone
  • James Franco
  • Jay Leno
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