Jay Leno on the evolution of 'The Tonight Show'

December 9, 2014 5:19 PM

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Jay Leno on the evolution of 'The Tonight Show'

When EW chose Jimmy Fallon as Entertainer of the Year, there was one person we knew we wanted to get in touch with for some insight: Johnny Carson. But since he wasn’t available (read: died in 2005), we hit up Jay Leno instead and got his thoughts on Fallon’s Tonight Show and the franchise’s evolution in general. And Leno had plenty of praise for Fallon. “He’s probably more like Johnny than any other host,” he told us. “Not that there’s been that many hosts. But Johnny was very boyish when he was 40 years old, and Johnny had some musical skills as well.”

“I don’t watch every night, but I watch and I enjoy—and I enjoy Seth [Meyers], too. Jimmy’s a really great mimic. When I saw him do Neil Young, I just thought it he was lip-syncing the song. But no—he really captures the nuances really well. It’s different. Everybody has their strengths and weakness...

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