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Leno's Last Night on "Tonight Show"

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After 22 years, Thursday night is the last time Jay Leno hosts the "Tonight Show."

Leno took over for Johnny Carson in 1992.  He briefly left the show five years ago.  Leno is passing the late-night torch to Jimmy Fallon, who takes over in a couple of weeks.

Just hours before his last performance, I stopped by Jr's Last Laugh for reaction.

"If you got on Leno, that was your foot into the big time," said JR's owner David Litz Jr.  "It opened up a lot of doors."

Over the years, many comics have used Jr's Last Laugh as a place to practice for the tonight show.

"It's definitely the end of an era," said Litz Jr.  "It was fun hearing him say our name over the years a few times."

This weeks headlining comedian Mark Reedy also shared his thoughts.

"I like the opportunities he set up for comedians," said Reedy.  "A lot of comedians got to be on his show, and it did good for them."

When Fallon takes over, he'll be the sixth person to host the show in 60 years.

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