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Ellen DeGeneres pays tribute to Jay Leno in her farewell appreance with him on “The Tonight Show”

Jay Leno will be handing over the reigns of The Tonight Show after more than 20 years to Jimmy Fallon early next year.

So we can expect a parade of tribute and farewell appearances from some of the biggest stars in the world just as Johnny Carson enjoyed in his final year in 1992.

Last night, Ellen DeGeneres really kicked things off buy presenting Jay with a denim Snuggie and some heartfelt words about the help he gave to her career during the early days.

“You were so supportive all the time,” Ellen told Jay. “You always tried to help me in every way. Gave me great advice, gave me ideas with jokes and, actually, Jay is responsible for me being booked on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, because you told the booker, Jim McCawley, to stay at The Improv and watch me. You said, ‘This girl’s great … so thank you very much for everything you’ve done. You’re amazing. You’re a good guy.”


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  1. It was a very touching tribute by Ellen to Jay. I still am having a difficult time knowing I won’t be able to watch Jay every night like I’ve done forever. Kimmel, Fallon, and Letterman just don’t cut it for me personally.

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