Some Of Leno's Tonight Show Alumni Not Returning
Jay Leno may be heading back to The Tonight Show , but it now appears that bandleader Kevin Eubanks and his former Tonight Show announcer, John Melendez, won't be following him. Today's (Wednesday) New York Times reported that Eubanks has already told colleagues that he is leaving the show after Leno returns on March 1 -- how soon after was not clear. The newspaper said that one of the colleagues maintained that the reason for Eubanks's decision to leave was simply that "he wanted a break." Melendez did not join Leno on The Jay Leno Show last September, but according to Daily Variety , he will remain behind the scenes as a writer on The Tonight Show .