Jay Leno Says Goodbye to the Tonight Show, Probably for Real This Time

Billy Crystal, a Kardashian, and some tears for Jay’s (re)retirement

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If people have noticed that Jay Leno‘s sendoff from the Tonight show has been extremely low-key, there is one explanation: it’s not his first one. Leno said goodbye to late-night in 2009, and if we knew it wasn’t for good even at the time–he was leaving to host a mini-Tonight Show at 10 p.m.–it was still a moving retrospective, with a serenade from James Taylor, and a classy thank-you to Jay’s staff in which he brought on stage all the children born to the crew over the years. There may be second acts in American lives, but it’s hard to get people worked up for a second curtain call.

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