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Leno: 'It's Good to Be Home'

Host returns to Tonight seat warmed 9 months by Conan
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 1, 2010 9:19 PM CST
Leno: 'It's Good to Be Home'
Jay Leno is seen on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" in a 2009 photo.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – Jay Leno had been absent from the nation's TV screens for less than a month, but he returned tonight with renewed purpose. "It's good to be home," he told his Tonight Show audience as he began his monologue (per NBC transcript). "I'm Jay Leno, your host. At least, for a while."

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Leno is reclaiming his old job just nine months after giving it up to Conan O'Brien, and only 19 days after NBC pulled the plug on Leno's own prime-time misadventure. "We were off for the last couple of weeks," Leno cracked in his monologue. "Kind of like the Russians at the Olympics. What happened to them?" (Read more Jay Leno stories.)

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