It's was 22 years ago when a young Jay Leno took the stage of the biggest late night show in the world. An emotional Jay Leno said goodbye to the best 22 years of his life, last night on the 'Tonight Show'(January 6th)

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Leno had taken over for Johnny Carson and now he joins him as a retiree of the Tonight Show. He started his final speech with:

" This was the best 22 years of my life"

 

Conan O'Brien took over very briefly last time Jay Leno step down in 2009,  Then Leno was asked to come back, because of a huge decline in ratings. I'm sure they made Leno an offer he couldn't refuse.

Now that Leno has stepped down, this is what he had to say:

"It's time for me to hand over the show to the next guy. It's time for the next generation to step in"

That new guy will be Jimmy Fallon. He starts 'The Tonight Show" on February 13th. I don't think Jay Leno is coming back, he's gone for good.

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If you're wondering what's next for Jay Leno. He said he will continue doing comedy clubs and taking care of his car collection that he is famous for.

His final shout out was to his wife of 30 years, while the credits were rolling he said:

"Mavis."I'm coming home, honey!"

 

Goodbye Jay Leno.

[NBC]