Host of The Tonight Show
After Johnny Carson’s nearly 30-year reign hosting The Tonight Show ended in 1992, Jay Leno took over and has been headlining ever since. Well, almost. For a few months in 2009 and 2010, Leno was replaced by Conan O’Brien, until NBC decided in early 2010 to give Leno his old job back without giving O’Brien any advance notice. Leno’s reinstatement caused huge drops in ratings, layoffs, and pay cuts for staff. There are rumors that Jimmy Fallon may replace Leno as the show’s next host.