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NBC Claims Sarah Palin Needed No Laugh Track


Depending on which camp you’re in, you either found ‘s monologue during Tuesday’s Tonight Show to be funny—or reports of NBC using a laugh track to be even funnier.

Although an “audience member” from that taping - who supposedly has experience as sound engineer - insists the broadcast’s volume was pumped up, the network’s execs deny the claim.

“Neither the audio nor the laughs were enhanced for Sarah Palin’s segments on ,” NBC said in a statement.

After watching this clip from Palin’s open, let us know what you think. Did her jokes deserve that much laughter?

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Jay Leno’s Second Tonight Show Debut

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opened his return to The Tonight Show with a Wizard of Oz montage which featured a surprise cameo from Betty White. He would need the star power, as his guest list for the night wasn’t all that amazing.

“I’m Jay Leno, your host. At least for a while,” he shot his opening volley, made a reference to “Dave” Letterman and “Oprah” Winfrey and made a few fast-paced Olympic quips. Leno’s not looking so hot, his lightning-speed timing is hard to follow and you’ve got to wonder how long he’s going to last as the Tonight host.

No monologue references to , which may or may not have been a mistake. His Tiger Woods jokes, albeit rather old news at this point, were pretty good.

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Guests Line Up for Tonight Show’s New Start

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Tonight Show logoWill Ferrell might not be interested in visiting The Tonight Show anytime soon, but there are plenty of other celebrities who are still willing to promote themselves

support Jay Leno.

Based on the star-studded list released by NBC, Leno’s booking department is having an easy time finding guests for his return to late night—but will the viewers actually be tuning in to watch them?

Check out the names after the jump and let us know if you’ll be welcoming back Jay.

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New Ads Promote Jay Leno’s Return to The Tonight Show


These new spots promoting the revamped Tonight Show encourage - and viewers - to “Get Back” to where they once belong.

Although the commercials offer very little as far as content, I would like to thank NBC for the reminder. I’ll have to make sure my DVR’s switched back to Letterman once March 1 comes around.

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Kevin Eubanks Leaving The Tonight Show

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Kevin EubanksUPDATE: Eubanks says he won’t be leaving the show altogether, but admits he’ll be on the program “less.”


Will ‘s old audience return to the revamped Tonight Show? That remains to be seen. But there will be at least one person who won’t be hanging around for the next go-around.

After 18 years working with Leno, bandleader Kevin Eubanks has decided to break away from NBC. Although his exact departure date is unknown, Kevin will eventually leave to pursue other projects. An insider claims the jazz guitarist made the decision because he simply “wanted a change.”

No announcement has yet been made about Eubank’s possible replacement.

Meanwhile, John Melendez will also be ending his announcer duties on the program. Melendez, though, is expected to stay on with as a writer.

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VIDEO: Jay Leno Explains Reuniting with David Letterman

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As many of us Facebook users know, a friend request - even one from someone you haven’t seen in 18 years - is hard to turn down. So it’s easy to understand why Jay Leno would agree to work with David Letterman on their recent Super Bowl commercial.

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Conan Envisioned for Letterman, Leno Super Bowl Commercial


If Jay Leno is willing to share his program with Jimmy Kimmel, we shouldn’t be surprised to see him in a Late Show spot…right?

Those not distracted during last night’s game were probably caught off guard by a commercial that only lasted 15 seconds. David Letterman, Oprah and Leno all on the same couch together? WTF?

According to Late Show producer Rob Burnett, the idea for the promo came from Letterman himself. The shoot, which was done in secret at the Ed Sullivan Theatre, came together quickly within the past two weeks. Sadly, audiences missed on a possible fourth guest.

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VIDEO: Jimmy Kimmel Claims He was Sucker-Punched by Leno


You really didn’t think Jimmy Kimmel would let Jay Leno have the last word, did ya?

During yesterday’s sit-down with Oprah Winfrey, former/new Tonight Show host Jay Leno addressed a number of topics including the zinger he made about David Letterman, the phone call he hasn’t made to Conan O’Brien and the huge paychecks from NBC he doesn’t even need to cash. He also talked about being embarrassed by Jimmy Kimmel on his own show.

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Jay Leno to Sit Down with Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey and Jay Leno

Now that Conan O’Brien’s left NBC, it’s ‘s time to warm up the audience.

Later this week, the old/new Tonight Show host will do his first one-on-one interview since Conan’s finale last Friday. , who is a close friend with Jay, flew to Los Angeles to pre-tape the chat.

Although Winfrey’s people have also extended an invitation to O’Brien, it’s not known whether he’ll eventually do his own daytime sit-down.

Leno’s interview is scheduled to air on Thursday.

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Jimmy Kimmel Turns Late-Night Battle into Ken Burns-esque Story

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Comedy, Late Night, Talk Shows, ABC, NBC, Video,


This could be an interesting programming alternative once Conan O’Brien finally goes off the air.

On last night’s , the ABC host compared the battle over at NBC to a Ken Burns documentary series.

Not seeing the similarities? Then watch this clip from “The Late Night War.”

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