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Jay Leno Ends Run As Host Of The Tonight Show

02/07/2014
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Jay Leno ended his run as the host of the Tonight Show on NBC Thursday night with a star packed episode, after hosting the program for the past 22 years.

Leno bid an emotional farewell to fans on Thursday night. He recruited Billy Crystal, who was his first guest on his debut episode back in May 1992, to be his final guest.

The episode also featured a "Sound of Music" song parody that included Oprah Winfrey, Jack Black, Kim Kardashian, Carol Burnett and more paying tribute to Leno.

Country music superstar Garth Brooks performed his emotional song "The Dance" prior Leno's farewell remarks. "It's fun to kind of be the old guy and sit back here and see where the next generation takes this great institution, and it really is. It's been a great institution for 60 years. I'm so glad I got to be a part of it, but it really is time to go, hand it off to the next guy. It really is," Leno said according to CNN.

"And in closing, I want to quote Johnny Carson, who was the greatest guy to ever do this job. And he said, 'I bid you all a heartfelt goodbye.'"

Brooks closed out the episode by performing his hit song "Friends in Low Places".

Jimmy Fallon is set to take over as host of The Tonight Show on February 17th. CNN put together a highlights video of some of Leno's best moments on the Tonight Show. Watch it here.

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