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Jay Leno bids 'Tonight Show' farewell tonight: 4 things we'll miss

Posted by Emily Wright  February 6, 2014 11:40 AM

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Fans of "The Tonight Show" bid Jay Leno adieu Jan. 6 for the second time (he left the show briefly in 2010 when he passed the torch to Conan O'Brien), before "Late Night" host Jimmy Fallon begins his reign in the 11:35 time slot on Feb. 17.

Ahead of Leno's presumed final farewell, we've picked four recurring segments (and topics) from his 22-year reign that we'll truly miss.

1. Headlines

Jay Leno made a weekly habit of displaying some of the brightest stars of the mistakenly-printed headline universe, and his presentation had a tendency to make us laugh until we cried. Farewell, headlines. Until we meet again.

2. Jaywalking

Leno's habit of hitting the streets around So-Cal to ask everyday folks questions they should, in theory, know the answers to, turned into one of the show's funniest standing segments. Called "Jaywalking" (clever, Jay), questions could range from politics during election seasons, to simpler things like the earth (check out the video below). The best (and most blissfully ignorant) answers would make the montage -- inevitably, cracking us up.

3. eBay: Sold or not sold/Stuff we found on eBay

We wish we knew what Leno's staff (or interns) searched for to find some of the things on eBay that were part of the "Stuff we found on eBay" and "eBay: Sold or not sold" segments, because some of the listings were completely ridiculous. A Red Riding Hood alligator? Really? Check out some other things that Leno's camp found for your viewing pleasure below.

4. The occasional Boston/Mass. reference

lenoemerson.jpgWe saved the best for last. Leno went to Emerson College (where he's seen performing in 2009 at left), so Hub references are part of his vernacular. The New Rochelle, N.Y.-born comedian started performing in clubs around Boston, including the Beachcomber in Revere (which he references in the video below from a sit-down at Salem State College), where his jacket was set on fire by a cigarette.


Emily Wright can be reached at emily.wright@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @missemilywright.

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Katie McLeod is Boston.com's features editor.

Rachel Raczka is a producer for Lifestyle and Arts & Entertainment at Boston.com.

Emily Wright is an Arts & Entertainment producer at Boston.com.

Sarah Rodman is a TV and music critic for the Boston Globe.

Meghan Colloton is a Things to Do and Arts & Entertainment producer at Boston.com.

Michael Brodeur is the assistant arts editor for the Boston Globe, covering pop music, TV, and nightlife.

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