VIDEO: Jay Leno gets emotional during final ‘Tonight Show’
After 22 years of hosting “The Tonight Show,” Jay Leno finally said goodbye.
In this heartfelt parting message, Leno let the audience know how grateful he is. He called being at the helm of the show “the greatest 22 years of my life,” and considers himself one of the luckiest men in the world.
Leno went on to thank all the staff at NBC, from the lighting and sound crews to the writers and producers. In passing the torch to Jimmy Fallon, Leno said he’s looking forward to being the “old guy” and sitting back to watch where the show is headed.
He closed out his message with a quote from Johnny Carson, the first host of “Tonight”: “I bid you all a heartfelt goodbye.”
Leno didn’t go out on a sad note. He brought out Garth Brooks to play his classic hit “Friends in Low Places,” and the audience sang along as the credits rolled.