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June 26, 2008 | Steve Friess, Steve Friess co-hosts the Vegas-centric celebrity interview podcast "The Strip" at TheStripPodcast.com.
HIS TV show has out-rated the competition for more than a decade, his frequent stand-up appearances in Vegas are surefire sell-outs and his public persona is that of an affable middle-aged, scandal-free classic car nut. So why can't Jay Leno get any respect from the powers-that-be in the entertainment media who routinely leave him off best-of lists? For his part, Leno doesn't know or, so he says, care. "It's not my problem; I don't worry about it," the 58-year-old "Tonight Show" host insists.
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April 5, 2014 | By Scott Collins and Meredith Blake
The scramble to succeed late-night host David Letterman has talent handlers and Las Vegas oddsmakers shouting their picks from the sidelines. Politicians are squabbling over whether his replacement should be based in Los Angeles or New York. But those issues may be the least of the worries for CBS, which must program for a vastly different TV landscape than when it hired Letterman away from NBC 21 years ago to launch its "Late Show" franchise. The late-night field is more crowded, profits aren't what they used to be, and the audience is now a lot older.
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December 24, 2010
David Letterman made a run at "The Tonight Show" in October and early November, but in recent weeks Jay Leno has reclaimed his No. 1 spot in the late-night rankings. Last week his program registered its largest audience in more than eight months, figures from the Nielsen Co. showed Thursday. NBC's "The Tonight Show" averaged 4.2 million viewers for the week of Dec. 13-17, while CBS' "Late Show" drew 3.6 million. NBC said Leno's show also had a 22% advantage over Letterman's among viewers in the 18-to-49 age bracket that many advertisers covet.
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April 4, 2014 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
In a flurry of unexpected tweets and hastily assembled blog posts, the news went out across America and the world that David Letterman is retiring from CBS's "Late Show," which he has hosted for 21 years, sometime in 2015, or as he put it "2015, for the love of God. " The first report came, reportedly, from Mike Mills, formerly the bassist of R.E.M., who was on the "Late Show" set to play behind musical guest Joseph Arthur, and heard Letterman's unexpected...
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November 5, 2010
Has the balance of power in late-night TV shifted yet again? CBS' "Late Show With David Letterman" has beaten NBC's "Tonight Show" in viewers and the key demographic groups for the first time since Jay Leno returned to the latter program in March. Last week, Letterman averaged 3.8 million viewers, compared with 3.6 million for Leno, according to figures published Thursday by the Nielsen Co. In adults ages 18 to 49, the group most sought by the majority of advertisers, Letterman averaged a 1.0 rating/4 share, compared with a 0.9 rating/4 share for Leno.
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August 21, 2012 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Jay Leno worked in some jabs at his bosses at NBC and its corporate parent Comcast on Monday's "Tonight Show," the first show taped since the late-night program had to lay off roughly two dozen employees and Leno himself took a pay cut. Leno kicked off the program telling the audience, "Welcome to 'The Tonight Show,' or as Comcast calls us, 'The Expendables!'" He continued, "As you may have heard, our parent company has downsized 'The Tonight Show.' And we've been consistently No. 1 in the ratings.
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April 9, 2013 | By Kate Mather
For the second time in less than a week, comedian Jay Leno turned to Stockton for material. The California city again made headlines this month when it was deemed eligible for bankruptcy protection , allowing it to move forward in reorganizing its debt. In June, the 300,000-person city became the largest in the U.S. to fail financially. On Monday , "The Tonight Show" star pounced. "Stockton is so broke, the founding father is now demanding a paternity test," Leno joked.
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April 3, 2013 | By Daniel Siegel, Times Community News
Burbank officials Wednesday treated news that “The Tonight Show” was leaving for a new host in a new city like a painful breakup. And as with most epic breakups, the rumor mill had been whirling for weeks. On Wednesday, NBC ended weeks of gossip and speculation by confirming that Jimmy Fallon will succeed Jay Leno as host of "The Tonight Show" in the spring of 2014. Although Leno is still the most-watched late-night television host, NBC is making the move because it thinks Fallon will do better with younger viewers in the years to come.
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March 13, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Olivia Wilde learned a valuable lesson about Justin Bieber fans: Don't talk smack about the most-followed person on Twitter. "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" actress, who appeared on "The Tonight Show" Tuesday, unleashed a tweet March 2 after photos surfaced documenting the pop star walking around shirtless in frigid London, which kicked off his very, very bad London trip. "Bieber, put your ... shirt on. (unless you lost all your shirts in a fire in which case my condolences and please purchase a new shirt.)
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March 18, 2009 | TINA DAUNT
Governing is turning out to be a lot harder than Barack Obama thought it would be, so he has turned to what everyone knows he's good at: barnstorm-style campaigning across the country to rally public support for his economic program and budget. From a Hollywood perspective, the interesting thing about that is that one of the first stops on his national tour will be "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno."
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April 4, 2014 | By Scott Collins and Meredith Blake
NEW YORK - The days are numbered for stupid human tricks and goofy Top 10 lists: David Letterman is preparing to retire from "Late Show" in 2015, in another generational upheaval that will roil the crowded late-night TV schedule. The host, who turns 67 this month, plans to say good night to his hosting duties once his current contract expires next year. The news, which first leaked via Twitter, was later confirmed by Tom Keaney, a spokesman for Letterman's production company, Worldwide Pants.
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March 12, 2014 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Turns out you can teach an old time slot new tricks. The recent passing of "The Tonight Show" torch from Jay Leno to Jimmy Fallon sparked the inevitable state-of-the-genre conversation. In a world ruled by tweets and memes, Netflix and YouTube, is there even a place for late-night talk shows anymore? FOR THE RECORD: Jimmy Fallon: A critic's notebook in the March 13 Calendar section implied that "The Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon has not interviewed a U.S. president. In fact, Fallon interviewed President Obama on his previous show, "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.
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March 12, 2014 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before deciding if what I really want to do is direct. The Skinny: Just bought the book "Kitty Genovese: The Murder, the Bystanders, the Crime that Changed America. " I'll give you a full report when I finish. I've always been fascinated by that case. Today's roundup includes Anne Sweeney's exit from a top TV position at Walt Disney Co. Also, Bill Maher sticks up for pal Jay Leno.  Daily Dose: Although there will soon be no more Time Inc. at Time Warner, don't look for the media giant to rethink its name.
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February 27, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Jay Leno couldn't stay away from late night for long. On Wednesday night, the former "Tonight Show" host popped up on Arsenio Hall's late-night show for a surprise appearance. Leno, looking a little less coiffed than his days as "Tonight Show" host, snuck up on Hall during his monologue to deliver some exciting news: Hall's show was picked up for a second season. Great news for Hall, but it still visibly bugged him that Leno knew the news before he did. "How are you so juiced into everything?"
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February 25, 2014 | By David Ng
In the years since he left the White House, former President George W. Bush has kept a low public profile, living out his golden years quietly at his home in Texas. An exception to this rule -- perhaps against his wishes -- has been his amateur art career. The paintings Bush has created -- depicting dogs, landscapes and himself in the shower -- were leaked online last year thanks to a hacker who later was arrested. In November, bowing to growing public interest, the former president touted his artwork to Jay Leno during an appearance on NBC's "The Tonight Show.
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February 25, 2014 | by Scott Collins
This "Late Night" thing might work out OK for Seth Meyers. The former "Weekend Update" newscaster on "Saturday Night Live" delivered the NBC talk show's highest ratings in nine years with his premiere on Monday. Well, technically it was Tuesday morning - 12:35 a.m. to be exact. But "Late Night With Seth Meyers" delivered a 2.6 rating/9 share in households from the top 56 markets in the nation, according to Nielsen. That compares with the 1.6 rating that "Late Night" has been averaging this season.
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August 7, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Nothing like a visit from the president to boost ratings. President Obama's appearance Tuesday on the "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno," in which he criticized Russia for granting temporary asylum to ex-National Security Agency consultant Edward Snowden and for its anti-gay legislation, lifted the show's ratings to its highest level in nine months.  PHOTOS: Classic 'Tonight Show' moments The NBC show scored a rating of 3.8 in...
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February 19, 2014 | By David Horsey
On Jimmy Fallon's first night as host of NBC's "Tonight Show," his first musical guests, the legendary Irish rock band U2, performed their first song perched precariously on the roof of Rockefeller Center with the New York City skyline and a golden dusk shimmering in the background. That moment served dramatic notice that the show had left Burbank far behind. More than four decades ago, when Johnny Carson moved the show west, the Big Apple was looking rotten while Los Angeles had become the entertainment capital of the country.
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