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By Cal Thomas | February 1, 2014
Anyone in the news business will tell you that a side benefit is the diverse number of people one gets to meet. Jay Leno, who leaves "The Tonight Show" on Feb 6 after a 22-year run (retire is not the right word in his case), is one such person. The circumstances surrounding our first meeting involved a column I wrote 15 years ago in support of his wife's activism on behalf of Afghan women. Jay and Mavis Leno invited my wife and me for a visit. Things progressed from there.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | April 3, 2014
The changing of the guard in latenight TV continues with David Letterman today telling a studio audience that he plans to retire at the end of 2015 after what will be 22 years on CBS. The 66-year-old comedian is network TV's longest running latenight host. Letterman started his latenight run in 1982 on NBC and switched to CBS in 1993 as part of a highly publicized battle with Jay Leno to be the successor to Johnny Carson. Leno got Carson's "Tonight" show chair, and Letterman went to CBS. Leno retired earlier this year at NBC and was replaced by Jimmy Fallon.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | October 21, 1995
"Look, there's Jay Leno!""Wow, it really is Jay Leno!" "Oh my god, it's Jay Leno! Who's Jay Leno?"The excited, somewhat confused little girl was just about the only one at the National Aquarium yesterday morning who didn't know why everyone was milling around the jut-jawed guy with the gray-streaked hair, blue jeans and rose-colored shirt.Mr. Leno, probably anxious for new material now that the O. J. Simpson trial is over, spent four hours at the aquarium yesterday, shooting a bunch of sight gags that should air on NBC's "Tonight Show" sometime next week.
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By Cal Thomas | February 1, 2014
Anyone in the news business will tell you that a side benefit is the diverse number of people one gets to meet. Jay Leno, who leaves "The Tonight Show" on Feb 6 after a 22-year run (retire is not the right word in his case), is one such person. The circumstances surrounding our first meeting involved a column I wrote 15 years ago in support of his wife's activism on behalf of Afghan women. Jay and Mavis Leno invited my wife and me for a visit. Things progressed from there.
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By Rob Long | December 29, 2008
Fifteen years ago, I had a stupid idea. I was the co-executive producer on TV's long-running comedy Cheers. NBC, the network on which Cheers appeared, was faltering: Ratings were sliding, money was tight, management was nervous and Johnny Carson, legendary host of the Tonight Show, was retiring, and no one knew how his replacement, Jay Leno, would do. I was 28 then, and like all 28-year-olds, I had no idea exactly how stupid I was. So when I found myself...
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By LIZ LEAN and LIZ LEAN,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | October 25, 1995
SIXTH-GRADERS FROM Wilde Lake Middle School should set their videocassette recorders for 11:35 p.m. Nov. 3.Students on a class field trip to the National Aquarium in Baltimore Friday were among those who met "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno and were taped by Mr. Leno's crew.The comedian visited several cities last week and taped skits with local residents.A spokesman for Mr. Leno in Los Angeles said the aquarium segment is scheduled to air Nov. 3.Heck, that's a Friday. Let the kids stay up.'Charley's Aunt'Before "Mrs.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Television Critic | July 21, 1993
Los Angeles -- "You know what the late-night wars are?" Jay Leno asks. "A bunch of millionaires arguing on TV in late night."Leno is not the highest-paid millionaire on late-night TV. His $4 million a year from NBC is a far cry from the $14 million a year CBS is paying David Letterman.But despite the perception created earlier this year that he was NBC's booby prize after the network lost Letterman, Leno is now the acknowledged king of late night. And he's riding a new wave of respect since CBS this week started telling advertisers and the world that Letterman doesn't have a chance against Leno's "Tonight Show" for at least a year because not all of the CBS affiliates are going to carry Letterman's show when it premieres.
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By Sloane Brown and By Sloane Brown,Special to the Sun | October 27, 2002
Sometimes Hollywood stars that have a super-nice persona turn out to be ... super nice. At least that was the case with The Tonight Show's Jay Leno, who was in town recently. Leno was the headliner for The Chimes' annual fund-raising show at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. According to David Nevins, who co-chaired the event with wife Sharon, Tom and Dana Carroll, and Tony and Marcia Trantas, Leno made an appearance that was earlier than his scheduled one on stage. David says Leno showed up in the lobby about a half-hour before the afternoon show just to mingle with folks.
NEWS
By DAVID ZURAWIK | October 4, 2009
We are only two weeks into the new fall season, but already it looks as if we have an answer to the question of the TV year: How will Jay Leno do in prime time for NBC? The answer: Pretty well, when he is up against reruns or other weak competition, but not very well at all when he is faced with top-notch, first-run programs of the sort CBS is now throwing up against the lantern-jawed comedian on an almost nightly basis. And while NBC can probably live with being a low-cost alternative to the other networks on most nights, affiliates like Baltimore's WBAL (Channel 11)
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By Lynn Smith and Lynn Smith,Los Angeles Times | October 26, 2003
The first thing almost everybody says about Jay Leno is that he's nice. He visits old friends in the hospital. He brings his new state-of-the-art motorcycles to local hangouts to the delight of fellow bikers. He gives out free tickets to The Tonight Show to star-struck autograph hounds. So, what's a nice guy like this doing in the murky sludge of power politics? A Washington, D.C., think tank is monitoring his joke output. Political watchdogs are scrutinizing his relationship with the newly elected governor of California.
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By Cal Thomas | November 2, 2013
When the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan is completed next year what will happen to Afghan women? Will a resurgent Taliban return them to wearing burqas, withdraw them from schools and force them to live behind painted glass in their homes, permitting them to leave the house only when accompanied by a blood relative? The Afghan constitution contains language that supposedly protects women's rights, and Afghanistan has signed several international human rights treaties that guarantee protection for women.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | October 25, 2013
Doug Gansler's truly bad day of TV optics started Thursday with a Sun story and accompanying picture off Instagram of a beach party the attorney general attended in Delaware. By 9 a.m., the cable channels were running with the picture and the story -- and it went that way on the hour throughout the day straight through the network evening newscasts and prime-time cable. And then, the story was picked up by late-night comedians. Here's what Jay Leno had to say on the "Tonight" show.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | August 7, 2013
In a broad-ranging interview on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" on Tuesday night, President Barack Obama addressed Russia's recently passed anti-gay laws by saying he has "no patience for countries that try to treat gays or lesbians or transgender persons in ways that intimidate them or are harmful to them. " The comments come about six months before the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia -- a global event that has increased the amount of international attention being paid to Russia's new laws, one of which makes it illegal to spread "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations.
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By David Horsey | March 26, 2013
Jay Leno had to know the head honchos at NBC were gunning for him when he told the following joke last Monday night: "You know the whole legend of St. Patrick, right?" he asked the audience in his opening monologue. "St. Patrick drove all the snakes out of Ireland -- and then they came to the United States and became NBC executives. " The harsh humor directed at the guys who hold his fate in their hands is just the latest sign that the star and the bosses pretty much detest each other.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | March 3, 2013
Here we go again with reports that NBC is looking to ditch Jay Leno. But this time, the ditching makes eminent sense. The Hollywood Reporter, citing unnamed sources, says NBC is putting the pieces in place to announce in May that Leno will be replaced in latenight  at the end of the 2013-2014 season by Jimmy Fallon. Why not? Leno, whose contract is up in 2014, is yesterday - and then some. He can still draw overall ratings, but you can't sell overall ratings the way you can sell the 18 to 49 or even 25-54 demographics.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | October 24, 2012
President Obama continues his real campaign march tonight with a visit to Jay Leno's couch at the "Tonight Show. " And then Friday afternoon, it's on to what last time was essentially a campaign rally masking as an interview on MTV. What hath Bill Clinton wrought with his saxophone and Arsenio Hall? I admit I was one of the analysts who celebrated Clinton taking the presidential campaign to new entertainment TV venues and presumably audiences. But after seeing Obama on Comedy Central last week talking about the deaths of four Americans as not being "optimal," I have come to believe Obama has taken this TV game to an extreme that demeans the process, the office and possibly even the sacrifice of Americans who are serious and selfless enough to risk their lives for this nation.
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By Stephen Kiehl and Stephen Kiehl,SUN STAFF | September 28, 2004
Jay Leno will step down as host of The Tonight Show in 2009, NBC announced yesterday, and turn over the most prestigious job in late-night television to Conan O'Brien, the goofy host of Late Night who has brought insult-spewing puppet dogs, among other innovations, to the small screen. O'Brien, who has been the host of the 12:35 a.m. Late Night show for 11 years, has been itching for an earlier time slot, and another network was likely to give it to him. NBC realized the only way to keep O'Brien, one of late night's most original talents, was to guarantee him the Tonight Show job. In April, Leno signed a five-year contract extension that will pay him more than $16 million a year and extend his run as host to 17 years.
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December 15, 2006
"Oakland is doing so bad that Raider fans are now wearing eye patches over both eyes." Jay Leno "Tonight Show" host
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Tribune Newspapers | August 3, 2012
Vienna, Va. ABBA The Concert You've seen the movie and the musical, so why not see the tribute concert to the 1970s Swedish pop group? Dance and sing along to hits such as "Mamma Mia!," "Dancing Queen," "Waterloo," and more. Named "the best ABBA tribute band in the world" by the Official ABBA Fan Club, ABBA The Concert has performed more than 1,000 time since its inception in 1996. ABBA The Concert is at 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12, at the Filene Center at Wolf Trap, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna, Va. Tickets are $38 for in-house and $25 for the lawn.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | May 14, 2012
From Norman Rockwell and Leonard Bernstein to Baltimore's Cab Calloway, no one does biography like "American Masters" on PBS. I've been reviewing these superb productions for all of the 26 seasons that "American Masters" has been on the air, and have written some variation of that line for at least 25 of them. And tonight's "Johnny Carson: King of Late Night" is one of the 10 greatest biographies this sublime series has delivered. Maybe one of the five best. But let's not quibble.
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