TONIGHT SHOW announcer JOHN MELENDEZ had a double celebration this New Year after welcoming the birth of his third child.

OSCAR DAVID MELENDEZ arrived just after midnight on Sunday (01JAN06) to the hit TV show personality and his wife SUZANNA, weighing eight pounds and two ounces (3.7 kilograms).

He is a brother to the couple's two daughters, aged nine and five.

The proud father joked, "Three kids already, I might have to ask Jay Leno (Tonight Show host) for a raise. That's a lot of mouths to feed."

Suzanna added of the publicity surrounding her baby's birthdate, "It's just funny that my husband's the one who usually is in the spotlight."

Melendez is best known as 'Stuttering John,' who carried out cringe-inducting red-carpet interviews for shock jock Howard Stern's radio show before moving to the Tonight Show.