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Jay Leno Surprises 'The Tonight Show' Audience

10/7/2015 3:30pm EDT
Jay Leno Returns To 'The Tonight Show' With Surprise Appearance
Jay Leno stepped out onto the stage of 'The Tonight Show' on NBC Tuesday, and for a few minutes at least, it was like he never left.

The comedian surprised the audience at 'The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon' after Fallon pretended to pull a hamstring and asked for someone to step in for him.

Leno served up a monologue where he dissected the 2016 presidential campaign and then closed with one his classic segments where he channels Rodney Dangerfield and other old-school comics by talking about "how bad" things have gotten.

"The economy in California is so bad, parents in Beverly Hills ar...

Leno, Rivers Feud Continues Even After Death

5/8/2015 9:06am EDT
Melissa Rivers Says Jay Leno Snubbed Her Following Mother Joan's
Melissa Rivers claims Jay Leno, who famously snubbed her mother Joan Rivers, is still holding a grudge months after the comedienne's death.

Rivers passed away on Sept. 4, 2014, after a botched outpatient procedure at a New York City clinic. She was famously banned from "The Tonight Show" by Johnny Carson after she launched her own talk show on rival network Fox in the 80s. When Leno took over for Carson, he never invited Joan to be a guest during his 20-year stint as host.

In 2005, Leno confessed, "I didn't want to do it while Johnny was alive out of respect for Johnny. I don't think he w...

Jay Leno Believes The Women Who Accused Bill Cosby Of Sexual Assault

1/22/2015 8:19am EST
Jay Leno Wonders Why Is It's 'So Hard to Believe' Bill Cosby Acc
When asked about the sexual assault allegations Bill Cosby, Jay Leno said on Wednesday he couldn't understand why some of the public has a difficult time beliving the accounts of nearly 30 women.

He attended a Q&A session at the NAPTE conference in Miami, Fla., and was asked by comedian Tom Papa to comment on the sexual assault allegations.

"I don’t know why it’s so hard to believe women,” Leno said. "You to go Saudi Arabia and you need two women to testify against a man. Here you need 25."

On Tuesday, Larry Wilmore Kicked off his tenure on Comedy Central's "The Nightly Show" also addres...

Sharon Osbourne And Jay Leno Hooked Up In The 70s?!

12/10/2014 5:03pm EST
Sharon Osbourne And Jay Leno Hooked Up In The 70s? 'It Only Last
Of all the bizarre celebrity hookups waiting to happen, "Sharon Osbourne and Jay Leno" has got to be one of the weirdest.

But like so many other strange things (say, the existence of the pistol shrimp- those things are freaky), it's 100% true. Osbourne, while on the Howard Stern Show, revealed the intimate details of a brief fling between her and the former "Tonight Show" host way back in 1976.

Extremely, embarrassingly brief. The combination of Osbourne and Stern has, unfortunately, given way to all kinds of intimate Leno/Osbourne hookup details that no one particularly wanted to hear ab...

Jay Leno Bails On Gun Show Appearance

11/20/2014 2:05pm EST
Jay Leno Cancels Appearance At Gun Show After Criticism
Jay Leno has scrapped an appearance at an upcoming trade show in response to a petition from an anti-gun group.

The former "Tonight Show" host was scheduled to emcee the annual Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT) in Las Vegas in January. However, he canceled on Wednesday after members of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence accused him of "helping to legitimize a crass commercialism which values profit over human lives."

The coalition launched a petition urging Leno to bow out of the show, noting that the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) is hosting the event. The organiza...

Jay Leno Does Stand-Up During First Return To 'The Tonight Show' (Watch It)

11/9/2014 11:24am EST
Jay Leno returns to The Tonight Show
Jay Leno returned to The Tonight Show on Friday night for the first time since he left the show and Jimmy Fallon took over.

The comedian took the stage for about six minutes of stand up following a rousing ovation from the crowd. Unfortunately, many of his jokes were mediocre and the theme of his routine seemed to be d*ck jokes.

The comedian, who has a new car show called "Jay Leno's Garage" in the works for cable network CNBC, sat down with Fallon following his routine, joking about getting called up to chat with the host after just his first time on the show.

Regardless of the outcome,...

Guess Who Is Returning To 'The Tonight Show'?

11/3/2014 12:07pm EST
Jay Leno To Make Return To 'The Tonight Show' Friday
Former "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno is returning to his old stomping grounds on Friday night as a guest of Jimmy Fallon.

It will be the first time he's been back to the show after signing off after almost 22 years as the show's host.

Leno has not seen "The Tonight Show's" new digs in Manhattan. The show was based in California for years while Leno and Johnny Carson were at the helm.

Fallon did coerce Leno to appear on a TV parody titled, "House of Cue Cards" but that was not a sit-down interview.

The comedian has been busy since he retired from late night. He is starting a new CNBC seri...

Jay Leno Wins Mark Twain Prize For American Humor

10/20/2014 11:38am EDT
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Jay Leno was honored with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, at the 17th awards held at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. last evening.

Comedians who were directly influenced by Leno including Jerry Seinfeld, Chelsea Handler, Seth Meyers and Wanda Sykes attended the festivities.

Former "Tonight Show" bandleader Kevin Eubanks revealed to USA Today, "It's a perfect night and all of his friends are here. Jay is really cool and relaxed."

Comedienne Chelsea Handler was among those honoring Leno. She stated, "He's been so good to me. He was integral in me having any career."


Jay Leno Returning To TV With Car Series For CNBC In 2015

10/15/2014 6:56pm EDT
Jay Leno
Jay Leno is returning to prime time.

The former host of "The Tonight Show" will host a series about cars on CNBC called "Jay Leno's Garage" (tentatively), which is based on his online series of the same name.

"This show will be about anything that rolls, explodes and makes noise," Leno said in a statement on Tuesday. "We hope to highlight the passion and the stories behind the men and women who made the automobile the greatest invention of the 20th century."

CNBC aired a one-hour special titled "Jay Leno's Garage: The Ultimate Car Week" last month, and his YouTube series currently has ov...

Jay Leno Eyeing Return To TV

10/9/2014 10:52am EDT
Jay Leno Eyeing Return To TV
It was announced today that Jay Leno is eyeing a return to television as the host of his own CNBC series.

Leno will helm the as-yet-unnamed regular series beginning in 2015. The comedian has a long relationship with the network. In conjunction with his work on "The Tonight Show," Leno has also has a car-themed show on called "Jay's Garage."

"Jay's Garage" explores Leno's love of cars. The show features Leno's Big Dog Garage houses one of America's great collections of cars and motorcycles. Custom-built from the ground up, the garage is staffed by a crack team of mechanical wizards...

16 Hollywood Stars & Their Supercars

4/25/2014 3:00pm EDT
16 Hollywood Stars & Their Supercars
Honda. Ford. Chevy. These are all household names. We see them every day driving to work, or while going to grab a cup of coffee on the corner, or from our office window. They don't do anything special to really grab your attention - they just exist to get us from point A to point B. And for most of us, that's just fine.

But for those who can afford it, vehicles offer something else - status. And those vehicles are fast and loud, and they grab -no- command attention wherever they go. Whether it's through sleek, formula 1-like styling, or monstrous engines that roar like lions and move like...

Jay Leno Slapped With Bestiality Lawsuit From Rat Smuggling Flight Attendant

11/19/2013 9:25am EST
Jay Leno
Jay Leno has been hit with an out of the ordinary lawsuit from a woman alleging a guest on his program accused her of bestiality.

The Tonight Show host is entangled in an odd legal battle with Louann Giambattista, a former flight attendant for American Airlines.

In the suit filed in NYC, she claims that in an episode of Leno's show, he referenced a news report alleging Giambattista was caught smuggling her pet rat onto flights by carrying the rodent in her underwear.

A guest on the show is said to have remarked, "If I were one of those rats, I would've been very upset. I prefer not to...

Sharon Osbourne Had A Sex Fling With Jay Leno

9/10/2013 10:49pm EDT
Sharon Osbourne
Sharon Osbourne revealed that she once had a fling with talk show host Jay Leno.

Osbourne shared the news on the season premiere of her show The Talk on Monday, letting the world know that before she settled down with Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne she and Leno -- then just a stand-up comedian -- hooked up briefly before Leno met his wife Mavis.

"When I was 25, I'd just moved to America, I didn't know many people," she explained. "I had met my husband, but we weren't together... I didn't have a boyfriend because I wasn't very dateable... My friend worked at this place and she said, ...

Weekly Celebrity Twitter Roundup: Coachella, Stoned Dogs & Boy Problems All In The Same Place

4/13/2013 10:30am EDT
Rupert Grint
Welcome to Starpulse's Weekly Celebrity Twitter roundup, once again serving you the best from the celebrity Twitterverse.

 To start, here's the very cool 'Lego House' music video by Ed Sheeran, starring your favorite smiley ginger, Rupert Grint, put side by side with a fan made Lego Stop-Motion video.

 Well here it is. The Lego stop motion version of the Lego House video ! -

— Ed Sheeran (@edsheeran) April 11, 2013

I heard Lindsay Lohan cried on "Late Show" with David Letterman. Why? Did he tell her there was no vodka in the green room????

— Lisa Lampanel...

Celebrities With Insane Car Collections

3/29/2013 3:00pm EDT
Celebrities With Insane Car Collections
Celebrities have a lot of money, and many of them have more than just a few cars. Some celebs have become known for their out-of-this-world car collections, while others fly under the radar and feed their obsessions out of the public eye. Here are a few celebrities with the craziest car collections.

Jay Leno Owns More than 200 Cars and Motorcycles: Comedian and TV show host Jay Leno is so infatuated with wheels, he has to have his own storage warehouse to keep all of his two and four-wheeled possessions. Overall, he owns more than 200 cars and motorcycles, and it's quite the varied collect...

Barbara Walters Shocked By Lindsay Lohan Interview Snub

11/13/2012 8:58am EST
Barbara Walters
Barbara Walters has spoken of her surprise upon discovering Lindsay Lohan would be sitting for an interview with Jay Leno after pulling out of a TV chat with her last week.

The actress agreed to sit down for a candid talk with Walters on her news show 20/20, but axed her appearance at the last minute. Lohan's team then booked the star a slot on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno on November 20th, and Walters has now admitted she was stunned by the turn of events.

Explaining the fiasco on TV series The View, the reporter revealed publicists told her Lohan was not up to sitting for an intervi...

ABC Moves Jimmy Kimmel's Timeslot To Take On Jay Leno And David Letterman

8/21/2012 5:07pm EDT
Jimmy Kimmel
While Jay Leno deals with layoffs and pay cuts, Jimmy Kimmel will be moving up a half hour to compete against the stars of late night. ABC has moved the comedian's popular Jimmy Kimmel Live program up from 12 AM to 11:30 PM.

The new timeslot will have Kimmel up against NBC's Jay Leno and CBS' David Lettermen. Cable late night shows, which do not have to wait for local news broadcasts, start at 11 - and include stalwarts like Conan O'Brien and Jon Stewart.

The popularity of the internet and cable has cut deep into late night shows, which were once huge money makers for networks. Stars pu...

Conan O'Brien Talks Jay Leno With David Letterman

5/18/2012 11:07am EDT
It was obvious that the topic of Jay Leno would come up when Conan O'Brien stopped by David Letterman's late night show - since Leno had a part in pushing them both off of NBC.

Leno famously received Johnny Carson's time slot when the legend retired, causing Letterman to leave for CBS. A few years ago, Leno stepped down and let Conan take his show - only for Leno to un-retire and take it back. An angry Conan went on a national tour before being signed to TBS.

However, when the topic was brought up, Conan said, "I feel terrific, I really do... I'm very lucky to get to go on television and ...

Bobby Brown Performs 'Don't Let Me Die' For Whitney On Jay Leno

5/17/2012 1:42pm EDT
Bobby Brown -- Don't Let Me Die
Bobby Brown debuted a new song entitled “Don’t Let Me Die,” in memory of his late wife Whitney Houston on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno last night. During his performance the singer expressed what seemed to be sincere emotions in lyrics about regrets and living in the past.

“I don’t know how to live without you. I need you here. I guess I messed up pretty bad. I didn’t know who you were. I didn’t know what we had. Now I’m stuck living in the past, trying to get the pieces back. But I guess now you’re gone,” sung the R&B singer.

The song will be on his forthcoming album The Masterpiece,...

Mel Gibson Tells Jay Leno He Has 'A Little Bit Of A Temper'

4/30/2012 8:29am EDT
Mel Gibson
Mel Gibson talked about his ongoing feud with screenwriter Joe Eszterhas when he appeared on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" on Friday. In his first TV interview since the scandal broke, Gibson joked, "Maybe you don't know this about me, but I've got a little bit of a temper."

The actor said he is still upset his former friend recorded him losing his temper during a vacation at the star's holiday home in Costa Rica. Eszterhas released audio of the foul-mouthed Gibson ranting during a dinner he hosted for the screenwriter and his family. Eszterhas's teenage son had recorded Gibson's scream...

Anna Faris Talks About Her 'Revolting' Armpit Hair She Grew For 'Dictator'

4/20/2012 9:25am EDT
The Dictator
Actress Anna Faris couldn't wait to finish filming Sacha Baron Cohen's outrageous comedy The Dictator - because the funnyman insisted she grow disgusting armpit hair for her role as an organic grocery store boss.

While Cohen and her co-stars were celebrating at the wrap party, Faris was in the shower hacking off months of unsightly growth.

In a taped interview with TV host Jay Leno, which will appear on his Tonight Show on Friday, the Lost in Translation star reveals, "It took a few months, but I was naive enough to think... 'It's got to be kind of light and cute, wispy,' but it really ...

Celebrity Business Ventures That Failed

4/15/2012 1:00pm EDT
Celebrity Business Ventures That Failed
Not everything that celebrities touch turn into gold. Recently, Oprah Winfrey admitted that she made "101 mistakes" when she decided to launch her network OWN, which attracts just under 200,000 viewers daily. The former "Queen of Daytime TV" admits, "The idea of creating a network was something I wanted to do. Had I known that it was this difficult, I might have done something else." Oprah's network may eventually become a failed business amongst the long list of failed celebrity business ventures. Let's take a look at some of the other celebrity businesses that have flopped due to disorgan...

Jessica Simpson Says She's 'Freaked Out' By False Contractions

3/13/2012 12:33pm EDT
Jessica Simpson
Pregnant Jessica Simpson is struggling to get a good night's sleep because she routinely has false contractions.

The singer, who is expecting her first child with fiancé Eric Johnson, is due to give birth in the coming weeks. And Simpson reveals she's quickly approaching the big day - she's already starting to experience Braxton Hicks contractions, which prepare the body for delivery.

She tells TV host Jay Leno, "You have these things called Braxton Hicks, which are these contractions that scare the living daylights out of you. So in the middle of the night, I'm like, 'Eric it's happen...

Vanessa Hudgens' Foot Tattoo Is Bogus

2/2/2012 8:37am EST
Vanessa Hudgens
Actress Vanessa Hudgens has confirmed her new tattoo is fake.

The High School Musical star showed off an inking of a Beatles lyric on her foot during a recent vacation in Hawaii, but she has now admitted the words were written with a pen.

She tells TV host Jay Leno, "It says, 'All you need is love,' which is true... It's fake. I have this mad obsession with drawing on myself, like, I cannot help it. I draw all over my hands, all over my arms, obviously my foot. It's just fun."

Hudgens, who has several real tattoos, explains she likes to experiment before she commits to a permanent pie...

Madonna: 'My Super Bowl Show Will Be Wardrobe Malfunction-Free'

1/31/2012 2:17pm EST
Madonna has promised TV bosses and censors she won't be taking tips from Janet Jackson when she plays the Super Bowl half-time show this Sunday, insisting her gig will be wardrobe malfunction-free.

Jackson took the stage with Justin Timberlake during the football championships back in 2004 and their performance grabbed headlines when the Nasty hit-maker's breast was exposed, resulting in one of the most infamous wardrobe malfunctions of all time.

The incident prompted TV bosses to implement a number of new laws against broadcast indecency, and Madonna insists she won't be testing the ru...

Jay Leno Sued Over 'Solid Gold Palace' Joke

1/25/2012 8:04am EST
Jay Leno
TV host Jay Leno is facing a lawsuit from a Sikh follower after the star referenced one of the religion's most revered temples in a joke aimed at potential Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

During his introduction on a recent edition of Leno's The Tonight Show, the comic poked fun at the four Republican candidates hoping to take on President Barack Obama in the country's election later this year.

He joked about multi-millionaire Romney and his wealth, quipping that he vacationed in a solid gold palace, before showing a picture of India's Harmandir Sahib, a sacred building t...

Queen Latifah's Father Bought Her A Gun At Age Five

1/12/2012 9:23am EST
Queen Latifah
Queen Latifah learned how to protect herself at an early age after her dad bought her a gun when she was just five years old.

The R&B singer grew up in New Jersey with her older brother and together they were taught by their police officer father, Lancelot Owens, Sr., how to fend for themselves.

She tells TV host Jay Leno, "He bought us these guns! I was about five. Real guns. He bought me a German Luger (pistol) and he bought my brother a .38 Snub (nosed revolver). My brother was into the cowboy thing, so that kind of worked a little better for him. It was so cool."

However, the Chic...

Jay Leno Joke Backfires As Love Ride Bikers Are Killed

10/25/2011 10:00pm EDT
Jay Leno
Funnyman Jay Leno has come under fire from bikers after making an ill-advised joke before Sunday's annual Love Ride in California, during which two participants died.

The Tonight Show host, who was the event's grand marshal, told a crowd of bikers that he wanted to see "somebody go down" before setting off on the trek.

He quipped, "Every year, they say, 'Drive safe'. I'm gonna say, 'Don't drive safe'. I wanna see somebody go down. So it'll be fun. I want it to be in front or behind me and see a whole row of bikes go down. Get drunk, fall off the road. We've all become too damn polite... W...

Ashton Kutcher Is Highest Paid TV Actor, Will Make More Than 'Two And A Half Men' Costar Jon Cryer

8/11/2011 2:04pm EDT
Ashton Kutcher
Ashton Kutcher has joined Hugh Laurie as the highest paid actor on TV in America, according to a new magazine study.

Both stars will earn $700,000-per-episode for Two And A Half Men and House, respectively, when the two high-rated shows return to TV next month, but Kutcher also reportedly has a deal in place, where he'll profit further if his sitcom is a hit.

Kutcher is replacing fired Charlie Sheen on Two and a Half Men.

However, both actors' 2011/2012 TV salaries won't match Simon Cowell's package when he kicks off his new X Factor show - the study, carried out by TV Guide magazine, su...

'Lopez Tonight' Canceled - Is 'Conan' Next?

8/11/2011 1:00pm EDT
Conan O'Brien
Lopez Tonight, the late night talk show bumped back to midnight by the arrival of Conan O'Brien to TBS, has been canceled due to low ratings. With Conan losing viewers as well, is he next?

Conan O'Brien infamously went to cable after being dropped by NBC, due to the fact that he would not allow Jay Leno to have his 11 PM timeslot back. His premiere on TBS drew 2 million viewers, but Conan is now struggling with only 700,000 viewers daily. Lopez tonight drew about 400,000 viewers over the last month, leading to the dismissal.

Conan dodged the issue on his most recent show, instead celeb...