Jay Leno Talks "The Tonight Show" Farewells in The Hollywood Reporter

Posted Friday January 31, 2014 7:38 PM GMT

With his final episode of "The Tonight Show" slated to premiere on February 7th, Jay Leno shares his opinion about saying goodbye to his hit talk show in The Hollywood Reporter's latest issue.

During his interview with the publication, the 63-year-old TV personality chats about his final episodes and reveals the tips he's wanting to give to the new host, Jimmy Fallon.

Check out GossipCenter's recap of Mr. Leno's Q&A session below. For more, be sure to visit The Hollywood Reporter!

On his favorite items of the show:
"I’m a creature of habit. I like coming to work every day. I like the people I work with. I think our writing staff is probably the highest-paid because they’ve been here the longest. Most of the writers have been here 20 years; producers have been here all 22 years. Everybody’s been here since the beginning. People say it’s a family, which is a little hokey, but it is. Mr. Fezziwig from [Charles] Dickens’ A Christmas Carol was always my role model."

On his past issues with the production:
Not really. You have to have the ability to look back and try to figure out what went wrong. When we came back at 11:30 p.m., my 10 p.m. lead-ins were worse than my lead-in to Conan, by far. But you just keep your head down and do the work. You can complain about your lead-in among your staff and maybe to executives, but going public with it doesn’t get you anything. If anybody really believes that their show didn’t work because of a lead-in, I think that’s being a bit naive.

On his advice to Jimmy:
The strength of 'The Tonight Show' has always been the monologue. The late-night shows that have failed are the ones where the monologue was weak — two, three minutes. We do 14 minutes every night, which is almost a sitcom. It’s a lot of jokes, but for a lot of people, it’s how they get their news. There are really only 18 celebrities in the world that mean anything, ratings-wise, if even that many."

Photo Credit: Austin Hargrave for The Hollywood Reporter

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