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December 18, 2013 | By Scott Collins
Jay Leno, CNN might want to stick a press card in your hat. With his gig on NBC's "Tonight Show" wrapping up early next year, the 63-year-old comic is thinking about his next move. And published reports say that CNN boss Jeff Zucker has recently visited Leno, possibly to discuss coming over to the cable news network. It would be a reunion of sorts, since Zucker was Leno's boss when he ran NBC Universal. PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times A CNN spokeswoman did not immediately return an email requesting comment.
December 16, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Outgoing "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno and "Veep" star Julia Louis-Dreyfus are among the six new inductees to the Television Academy Hall of Fame who were announced Monday. The other inductees are super-prolific TV writer David E. Kelley, Dolby Laboratories founder Ray Dolby, 21st Century Fox and News Corp. chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch and veteran TV executive Brandon Stoddard. All of the honorees have proved themselves to be resilient in the face of an ever-changing entertainment landscape.
December 6, 2013 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
For a short and breezy documentary narrated by Adam Sandler in which a group of famous comedians talk about themselves, "The Improv: 50 Years Behind the Brick Wall" packs a surprisingly provocative punch. In these days of digital "stardom," when fame is tweet-fleeting and the goal too often seems more Simon Cowell-approved branding than original voice, the rigors of an old-fashioned comedy club seem historically artisanal, like candle-dipping at Colonial Williamsburg. In the post-"Seinfeld" years, stand-up comedy, once the province of the scruffy and outrageous, has become increasingly sleek and well fed. Ray Romano, Jay Leno, Bill Maher, Judd Apatow, Jerry Seinfeld, Larry David, the Wayans brothers, Sarah Silverman, Kathy Griffin, Jimmy Fallon - the people reminiscing here about the Improv are among the media elite, with studio deals and television shows, car collections and famous divorces.
December 4, 2013 | By Richard Winton
Autopsy results on “Fast and Furious” star Paul Walker and his friend Roger Rodas will not be released until Wednesday at the earliest, the Los Angeles County Coroner's office says. Autopsies on the men -- killed Saturday when the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT they were in crashed -- were completed Tuesday. But final identification of the bodies was not scheduled to start until Tuesday night, said Craig Harvey of the coroner's office. "No results will be released until at the earliest, tomorrow," he said Tuesday in an email.
December 3, 2013 | By Richard Winton
The limited-production, high-powered 2005 Porsche Carrera GT involved in the fiery weekend crash that killed actor Paul Walker and his friend Roger Rodas has a history of being difficult to control. The sports car is capable of reaching 100 mph in under seven seconds. It was built without the stability management system that most Porsche models are equipped with.  Tonight Show host Jay Leno, a veteran supercar driver, spun a Porsche Carrera GT at 180 to 190 mph at Talledega.
December 2, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
No viral prank here. Late-night host Jimmy Kimmel is posting his best numbers since his time slot move put him in head-to-head competition with Jay Leno and David Letterman.  For the week of Nov. 18, the latest for which numbers are available, ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" drew an average of 2.86-million viewers overall, up 15% compared with the previous week. That's the biggest audience the show has brought in since it moved to its earlier 11:35 p.m. time in January.  In the 18-to-49 demographic, the age group most coveted by advertisers, the jokester's program took in 1.05-million viewers, for an increase of 29% week-to-week.
November 20, 2013 | By Daniel Rothberg
It could be many years before history will judge the decisions former President George W. Bush made in the White House, the 43rd president told Jay Leno on "The Tonight Show" Tuesday night. For now, though, he'll paint. In a rare TV appearance, the former president shared his new hobby with the late-night personality, even presenting Leno with a portrait of himself. In the past, Bush has painted everything from cats and dogs to a scene of himself taking a shower . Bush, 67, explained to Leno that the artistic streak began after reading "Painting as a Pastime," an essay by Winston Churchill, who himself produced several portraits and landscape pieces.
November 19, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Kelly Clarkson is pregnant -- that news straight from the horse's mouth. Er, Clarkson's Twitter account. "I'm pregnant!!! Brandon and I are so excited! Best early Christmas present ever :)," the pop-country crossover crooner blurted Tuesday. Guess that explains her coy approach to the notion of pregnancy when she appeared last week on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. " Neither confirming nor denying that she was pregnant, the 31-year-old told Leno: "We're not announcing anything right now," which earned her a knowing roar from the studio audience.  (At least she didn't go on to announce the big news on Ellen DeGeneres' show, as Leno had feared .)
November 12, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
If Kelly Clarkson is pregnant, she wasn't spilling word of it to Jay Leno on "The Tonight Show" on Monday. One thing she did make clear: She and new hubby Brandon Blackstock are indeed trying. "Practice makes perfect," she said. As a matter of fact, they're trying "like rabbits!," she told the talk-show host . Leno had asked her directly, "Are you pregnant right now?," drawing a laughing reply of "What are you saying?" from the original "American Idol" as she played it coy. The comedian wasn't giving up. "I always get these stars who come on and go, 'I'm thinking about having a baby,' " he said, "and then the next week they go on 'Ellen' and announce it there.
October 30, 2013 | By Scott Collins
Maybe Jay Leno has a case of senioritis, because the soon-to-be-departing "Tonight Show" host appears to be slacking off in the joke-writing department. Leno - who will vacate his "Tonight" role in February after more than 20 years behind the desk - was caught this week recycling one of his own jokes about President Obama and Joe Biden. "Remember the old days when President Obama's worst embarrassment was Joe Biden?" Leno joked Tuesday, in reference to the tech-plagued Obamacare rollout.
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