Passage: Jay Leno and "The Tonight Show"

February 9, 2014 3:40 PM

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Passage: Jay Leno and "The Tonight Show"

Jay Leno retired as the host of NBC's "Tonight Show" on Thursday, nearly 22 years after taking it over – and some five years after leaving the show the FIRST time, when NBC (briefly) put Conan O'Brien in the late-night slot while Leno hosted a prime time talk show.

During his long late-night run, Leno talked to presidents and celebrities in his Everyman style, and almost always came out on top in the ratings.

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