A choked-up Jay Leno on Thursday night said his final goodbye to his viewing audience — a loyal base who kept “The Tonight Show” No. 1 in the ratings season after season.
The show’s popularity also cast a warm glow on the greater Burbank-Glendale area. Not only did it provide production jobs locally, it also drew tourists and their generous spending ways to our communities week in and week out for more than 40 years. We were enormously fortunate that Johnny Carson brought the show, which originated in New York, to “Beautiful Downtown Burbank” in 1972 and that it thrived here for as long as it did.
New York’s loss was our gain and now, although it is against our collective will, we are returning the favor. On Feb. 17, Jimmy Fallon will take over as the show’s new host, broadcasting the late night talk show from Studio 6B at NBC Studios in New York City.