Leno’s Prime-Time Show Lasted ‘Five Months for Good Behavior’
February 10, 2010
(ChattahBox)—- It was the end of an era last night on NBC’s prime-time schedule, as Jay Leno aired his last show. Well an “era” that lasted only five-months that is, but the final taping of “The Jay Leno Show” marked weeks of divisive bickering that resulted in a sea change to the late night landscape with Conan O’Brien leaving NBC. Leno’s last show went dark without the emotional punch that dominated O’Brien’s last show, as Leno seemed relieved that the failed experiment was finally coming to an end.
Leno quipped in his monologue that “It seems like just yesterday I was telling NBC this was not going to work.”
He then remarked on the short duration of the bold experiment of airing a late night-style comedy show during prime-time. “This show was supposed to be on for two years,” Leno said, “but we got five months for good behavior.”
Leno filmed a comedy bit showing him driving into his parking spot with a sign that read: “Jay Leno, No Parking After Feb. 9.”
Donald Trump was on hand last night to tell Leno, “you’re fired.” And Ashton Kutcher, retired pro football quarterback Kurt Warner, Actress Gabourey Sidibe and NBC Sports anchor Bob Costas were Leno’s final guests.
Jay Leno will return as host of “The Tonight Show” when NBC’s coverage of the Winter Olympics comes to an end in March.