It was the end of an era for NBC's late night TV.
After 22 years as the host of the Tonight Show, Jay Leno said his goodbyes.
“I don’t like goodbyes – NBC does – but I don’t care for them,” an emotional Leno said, kicking off a star-studded final broadcast of his show. “Tonight is our last show for real. I don’t need to be fired three times — I get the hint,” Leno joked to a friends-and-family studio audience as he ended his 22-year run Thursday night. It’s his second very-last-time-as-host — having been pushed aside in 2009 by NBC to make way for Conan O’Brien, who lasted seven months.
“I’ve got to tell you, the outpouring from people has really been touching. Anthony Weiner sent me a photo of his penis looking really sad.”
Leno looked back on how much has changed in the past 22 years.
“Here’s how long ago it is. When I started hosting, marijuana was illegal and you could smoke cigarettes anywhere you wanted.”
“Twenty two years ago, guys actually had to go to newsstands for porn, can you imagine?”
“So much has happened. You know the saddest part – OJ never found the real killers.”
After appearances by stars such as Oprah, Garth Brooks, Carol Burnett, President Obama and more, Leno broke down saying his last goodbye: