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Witty and hilarious, James Douglas Muir Leno is an American host and comedian and is the host for The Jay Leno show. Born on April 28, 1950, he is currently married to Mavis Leno since 1980, and has no children since then.
Leno went under the comedy spotlight through NBC’s late night show, “The Tonight Show”. It was then hosted by Jimmy Carson. He had been the substitute for Carson since 1987, and replaced him upon Carson’s retirement in 1992 in what seemed to be a silent struggle with David Letterman
. His contract with the NBC was due until 2009, with Conan O’Brien to succeed him in the show as he claimed it to be a “dynasty” in one of his episode.
“The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” had gained popularity with the American audience, even earning the 1995 Emmy’s for the Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy series. Substantial segments to his daily late night programming were the local headlines and the opening jokes about politics or just plain everyday life. He had been in the Michael Jackson
trial as a primary witness, and due to the court’s setting of legal parameters, he had been barred from creating jokes about the case. He and his attorney had made a legal loophole, using stand-in comedians like Roseanne Barr, Drew Carey, Brad Garrett, and Dennis Miller
among others to deliver Leno’s jokes about MJ’s trial.
When Leno left “The Tonight Show” on May 29, 2009, Conan O’Brien replaced him, but was later signed in with the NBC, giving him “The Jay Leno Show” last December 2009. Both Leno and O’Brien had late-night show comedy timeslots in the same network. However, during the 2010 Winter Olympics where both of the shows need to be pre-empted or a need to move their respective timeslots were raised, O’Brien quit NBC instead of getting the first option to move his show into a later timeslot. Leno gained criticism from a large audience that supported O’Brien, but was later supported by other actors as well. O’Brien’s move gained him “The Tonight Show” back.
Leno claimed in one of his episodes that when he turns in his sixties, he’ll give up the show for good, just like what his old man Carson had done for him a long time ago.