Fallon and Crystal among Leno's final guests - CBS News 8 - San Diego, CA News Station - KFMB Channel 8

Fallon and Crystal among Leno's final guests

Posted: Updated:
(AP PHOTO) (AP PHOTO)

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Jay Leno will close out his 22-year run as host of NBC's "The Tonight Show" with a nod to the future and to the past.

His heir apparent, Jimmy Fallon, will kick off Leno's final week with a guest appearance on Feb. 3. Fallon is taking over the gig after hosting NBC's "Late Night" since 2009.

Leno's final night, on Feb. 6, will feature Billy Crystal, who was Leno's first guest in May 1992 when he succeeded Johnny Carson. Country superstar Garth Brooks will also appear.

Leno's last week will also include Betty White, Matthew McConaughey, Sandra Bullock, country singer Blake Shelton, musician Lyle Lovett and NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley.

Fallon starts his run on Feb. 17 during the second week of the network's Olympics coverage. As a result, the "Tonight Show" will air at midnight following the nightly games coverage from Sochi, Russia. On Feb. 24, the show will revert to its regular 11:35 p.m. slot.

Leno left the show in 2009 to host a prime time talk show, with Conan O'Brien replacing him on "Tonight." After six months of poor ratings for both men, O'Brien was out at "Tonight" and Leno returned to his old gig.

NBC Entertainment president Robert Greenblatt is hoping to continue the network's relationship with Leno after he leaves late night.

"I would love him to do specials with us, and we've got ideas about other sorts of shows he can host," Greenblatt said Sunday at the Television Critics Association meeting. "As he told me recently, NBC has really been his only home."

He said Leno didn't want to discuss his future until he finished his final week.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • Entertainment NewsEntertainment NewsMore>>

  • Producer who worked with Franklin recalls great performances

    Producer who worked with Franklin recalls great performances

    Friday, August 17 2018 2:09 AM EDT2018-08-17 06:09:19 GMT
    Saturday, August 18 2018 7:51 PM EDT2018-08-18 23:51:37 GMT
    (AP Photo/Ron Frehm, File). FILE - In this April 28, 1993 file photo, Aretha Franklin, foreground left, performs in the finale of "Aretha Franklin: Duets," an AIDS benefit concert for the Gay Men's Health Crisis in New York, as singers Smokey Robinson,...(AP Photo/Ron Frehm, File). FILE - In this April 28, 1993 file photo, Aretha Franklin, foreground left, performs in the finale of "Aretha Franklin: Duets," an AIDS benefit concert for the Gay Men's Health Crisis in New York, as singers Smokey Robinson,...
    Television producer Ken Ehrlich worked with Aretha Franklin to help create some of her most magical performances, including her legendary performance of the aria 'Nessun Dorma' on the 1998 Grammys. 
    Television producer Ken Ehrlich worked with Aretha Franklin to help create some of her most magical performances, including her legendary performance of the aria 'Nessun Dorma' on the 1998 Grammys. 
  • Jefferson Airplane co-founder: Botched surgery ruined career

    Jefferson Airplane co-founder: Botched surgery ruined career

    Friday, August 17 2018 12:45 PM EDT2018-08-17 16:45:48 GMT
    Saturday, August 18 2018 12:55 PM EDT2018-08-18 16:55:49 GMT
    A co-founder of the classic rock band Jefferson Airplane is accusing a New York City hospital of destroying his music career with a botched tracheotomy. 
    A co-founder of the classic rock band Jefferson Airplane is accusing a New York City hospital of destroying his music career with a botched tracheotomy. 
  • Miss America: Leadership bullied, manipulated, silenced me

    Miss America: Leadership bullied, manipulated, silenced me

    Friday, August 17 2018 11:40 AM EDT2018-08-17 15:40:55 GMT
    Saturday, August 18 2018 11:16 AM EDT2018-08-18 15:16:29 GMT
    The reigning Miss America says she has been bullied, manipulated and silenced by the pageant's current leadership including chairwoman Gretchen Carlson. 
    The reigning Miss America says she has been bullied, manipulated and silenced by the pageant's current leadership including chairwoman Gretchen Carlson. 
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 Midwest Television, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.