Leno's Final Monologue: 'The Worst Thing About Losing This Job Is…'

Eric Scheiner
CNS News
2/7/2014

During his final monologue on Thursday night’s episode of The Tonight Show Jay Leno looked back at what has changed over the last 22 years he has been hosting the program. Then Leno said, “The worst thing about losing this job is I’m no longer covered by NBC, I’m going to…”



 

Related: Video: ‘He’s Made Us a Better America’: Beck’s Tribute to Longtime ‘Tonight Show’ Host Jay Leno

…Beck played audio from Leno’s farewell monologue, where the comedian praised those he has worked with over the years, saying they came to be his family.

“Here is a guy who has hung out with presidents,” Beck said. “He has hung out with everybody … but the people — who talks about the audio guy? Who, in television, talks about the lighting guy? Who, in television, talks about the cameramen? Nobody.”

Beck said Americans typically only see Leno as a comedian, but fail to see that “he is really truly one of the true good guys in our society.”…

…“In a sea of filth and anger and everything else, Jay Leno tried to show us every night you don’t have to be that way. We can be better,” Beck concluded. “Good man.”

 

 

Video: See How an Emotional Jay Leno Said Goodbye to ‘The Tonight Show’ After 22 Years

…“I am the luckiest guy in the world. This is tricky,” said the emotional Leno, stepping down for the second and presumably last time as host of TV’s venerable late-night program. Jimmy Fallon takes over “Tonight” in New York on Feb. 17.

Leno shared that he’d lost his mother the first year he became “Tonight” host, his dad the second and then his brother.

“And after that I was pretty much out of family. And the folks here became my family,” he said of the crew and staff of “Tonight.”…

 

 

 

Update:  ‘If we were more like Jay Leno, America would be a better place’

… “If we were more like Jay Leno, if we would have talked less about his monologue and more about how he lived his life and who he really is as a person, I think America would be a better place,” Glenn concluded. “It is a really bittersweet day… Jay Leno is going to go on and do many, many great things. I wish he’d do them with TheBlaze, but I don’t think that’s in the cards… In a sea of filth, and anger, and everything else, Jay Leno tried to show us every night you don’t have to be that way. We can be better. Good man.”

 

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