Jay Leno Fun Facts, Quotes and Tweets


18th February 2016

Fact: Comedian Jay Leno made a surprise return to his old programme The Tonight Show on Wednesday (17Feb16) to perform the opening monologue with current host Jimmy Fallon. Leno signed off from The Tonight Show in 2014, after 22 years in the TV spotlight.


13th August 2014

Fact: Comedian Jay Leno made a surprise return to his old programme The Tonight Show on Tuesday (12Aug14) to star in an hilarious spoof of hit political drama House Of Cards. Actress Ellen Barkin pulled off her best Robin Wright impression to portray her stoic character Claire Underwood, while the U.S. talk show's new host, Jimmy Fallon, channelled Kevin Spacey's cunning Frank Underwood for the House of Cue Cards sketch, which ended with Leno pushing his successor in front of a New York City subway train, mirroring a scene in season two of the Netflix show. Leno signed off from The Tonight Show in February (14), after 22 years in the Tv spotlight.


27th February 2014

Quote: Following his retirement from The Tonight Show, funnyman Jay Leno paid a surprise visit to Arsenio Hall's late night Tv series on Wednesday (26Feb14) to announce his friend's talk show has been picked up for a second season.


12th September 2013

Fact: Breaking Bad stars Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul and Bob Odenkirk joined U.S. talk show host Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday (11Sep13) for a Tv parody called Joking Bad. In the 13-minute skit, Fallon and comedian Steve Higgins concocted jokes instead of cooking meth, like Cranston's character Walter White does in the crime drama. The spoof also featured comedian Colin Quinn, U.S. Tv host Jay Leno and LATE NIGHT WITH Jimmy Fallon house band The Roots, among many others.


3rd April 2013

Fact: Comedian Jimmy Fallon is officially set to take over America's The Tonight Show Tv franchise from veteran programme host Jay Leno next year (14). The show will relocate from Los Angeles to New York, where the Taxi star currently presents LATE NIGHT WITH Jimmy Fallon.


12th November 2012

Fact: Lindsay Lohan has dumped U.S. broadcasting veteran Barbara Walters in favour of sitting down for an interview with Tv comedian Jay Leno. The Mean Girls star had been due to tape a chat with Walters for news show 20/20 last week (ends11Nov12), but axed it at late notice and booked an appearance on America's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on 20 November (12) instead.


28th July 2010

Fact: RAMONA AND BEEZUS child star JOEY KING got an early birthday surprise on U.S. TV on Tuesday night (27Jul10) - a squealing piglet. The actress, who turns 11 on Friday (30Jul10), was given the baby pig by late show host Jay Leno after King explained she had been begging her parents for the pet.


26th November 2009

Fact: Pregnant PRECIOUS star Paula Patton attempted to challenge U.S. TV presenter Jay Leno to a burger eating contest on Wednesday night (25Nov09) - but the actress barely managed to finish one while the host stuffed three hamburgers down his throat in one minute.


21st September 2009

Quote: "I actually don't have a driver's license right now. The DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles} took it away because I didn't have time to renew it." Busy actress Drew Barrymore had doubts about her driving skills before getting behind the wheel as the first celebrity to take U.S. TV host Jay Leno's Green Car Challenge, where guests compete to out-race each other in a battery-operated car.


17th September 2009

Quote: "I try to excel in all areas and I've never been asked for a refund. (Having sex with me) is like flying." Tom Cruise when asked by talk show host Jay Leno what he's better at, flying or having sex.


1st September 2009

Fact: Eric Clapton has boosted U.S. comedian Jay Leno's star power as he returns to TV this month (Sep09) - the rocker will perform with Bruce Hornsby and his band the Noisemakers during the inaugural week of the new Jay Leno Show. The premiere of the hotly-anticipated programme on 14 September (09) will feature Jay-Z, Rihanna and Kanye West. Comedian Jerry Seinfeld will be Leno’s first guest.


7th August 2009

Quote: "Celebrities like being green but some also like cars... We'll put celebrities in cars and have them race and see how they do... I spoke to Tom (Cruise) and he seemed very excited about the idea and he's a very competitive guy." Comedian Jay Leno on his plans to have celebrities race hybrid cars on his new U.S. talk show The Jay Leno Show.


6th August 2009

Fact: Superstars JAY-Z, Kanye West and Rihanna will ensure U.S. TV host Jay Leno's new talk show kicks off with a big bang this September (14Sep09) - the trio will perform their new song RUN THIS TOWN on the premiere of THE JAY LENO SHOW.


29th May 2009

Fact: Comedian Billy Crystal paid tribute to outgoing THE TONIGHT SHOW host Jay Leno in song on Thursday night (28May09), poking fun at the U.S. TV presenter's appearance and his love of classic cars. Leno departs as the host of the show on Friday (29May09).


28th May 2009

Fact: Arnold Schwarzenegger's final appearance on pal Jay Leno's THE TONIGHT SHOW on Tuesday (26May09) was his 25th. Leno departs as the host of the show at the end of the week (29May09).


27th May 2009

Fact: California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger paid tribute to outgoing THE TONIGHT SHOW host Jay Leno on Tuesday night (26May09) when he presented the comedian with a framed certificate celebrating his long tenure in the state. Gifting Leno with the award during an appearance on the U.S. TV show, the actor-turned-politician said, "This is a proclamation that just says thank you to you for 17 years of being in California." Conan O'Brien will take over the late night programme on Monday (01Jun09).


11th May 2009

Fact: THE TONIGHT SHOW host Jay Leno cheered up unemployed workers in Ohio by performing a free concert to 4,000 people as part of his Comedy Stimulus tour. The funnyman has already played a set in Detroit, Michigan.


19th March 2009

Fact: Jay Leno will make history on Thursday night (19Mar09) when he becomes the first U.S. chat show host to interview a president in office. Barack Obama will make an appearance on Leno's The Tonight Show as part of his tour of California.


8th December 2008

Fact: U.S. chat show king Jay Leno's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is located at the exact spot where he was once arrested for vagrancy when he first arrived in Los Angeles as a struggling comic.


30th October 2008

Fact: Velvet Revolver bassist Duff Mckagan joined Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl and ZZ Top for a charity concert at the weekend (26Oct08) in Los Angeles. The show, at Pomona Fairplex, was part of Love Ride 25, a motorcycle charity event that has raised more than $20 million (GBP12.5 million) for charity since 1984. The TONIGHT SHOW host Jay Leno acted as Grand Marshall of the event.


15th August 2008

Quote: "After being compared to (ageing U.S. chatshow host) Jay Leno for so long, you don't think of yourself in that way." Rumer Willis was shocked to find she was listed as one of People magazine's 100 Most Beautiful People this year (08).


7th August 2008

Quote: "Of all the videos Paris Hilton has been in, this is the one mom's upset about." U.S. comic Jay Leno on Hilton's unauthorised appearance in an advertising campaign for presidential candidate John McCain.


23rd July 2008

Fact: U.S. comedian Jay Leno will host his last TONIGHT SHOW on 29 May next year (09) after 17 years as the long-running programme's presenter.


18th June 2008

Fact: Comedian and U.S. chat show host Jay Leno is to perform two charity shows in Las Vegas later this month (Jun08) to raise cash for the victims of recent flooding in Iowa.


10th August 2007

Fact: KNOCKED UP director Judd Apatow interviewed Jay Leno, Jerry Seinfeld, Garry Shandling and Howard Stern during his teen years on his high school radio station.


30th July 2007

Fact: U.S. comedian and chat show host Jay Leno's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is on the spot where he was once arrested for vagrancy.


21st June 2007

Fact: Robin Williams has donated $20,000 (GBP10,000) to an upcoming tribute gala to comedian Mort Sahl because he's a huge fan of the comic. Woody Allen, Jay Leno and Drew Carey are among the stars who will honour Sahl at the Westwood, California event, to mark the comic's 80th birthday, on 28 June (07).


11th May 2007

Quote: "Paris Hilton got 45 days in jail. A lot of people were upset about this - they were hoping for the death penalty." Jay Leno jokes on his show.


17th November 2006

Quote: "According to the Associated Press, Fidel Castro is not expected to live to 2007 and is worth $900 million. Anna Nicole Smith was seen yesterday paddling towards Cuba." American funnyman Jay Leno jokes that Smith is set to seduce the ailing Cuban leader.


29th July 2006

Quote: "Isn't it ironic? All this time we thought he was 'N Sync and turns out he's a Backstreet Boy." Comedian Jay Leno jokes about Lance Bass going public about the fact that he is gay.


8th June 2006

Quote: "Anna Nicole Smith is pregnant. Who's the lucky grandfather?" Comic Jay Leno mocks the former model's penchant for considerably older men.


24th May 2006

Quote: "I like the way you're handling yourself...I like the investigative reporting." Vince Vaughn, when asked by talk show host Jay Leno if Jennifer Aniston's nude scene in THE BREAK-UP was the first time he'd seen her naked.


9th April 2006

Fact: Movie veteran PAUL NEWMAN showed off his speed skills on Thursday (06APR06) when he beat US chat show host Jay Leno in a go-kart race around the NBC studios in Burbank, Los Angeles. The race was a rematch of one the two car fans staged last year (05).


8th April 2006

Fact: Paul Newman got his first taste of his Newman's Own dog food on chat show host Jay Leno's programme on Thursday night (06APR06) when he gobbled down fork fulls of the organic pet chow as part of a $10 (GBP5.70) bet.


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