For the first time in 22 years, Jay Leno won’t climb into one of vintage cars and drive to work today. He’s now behind the wheel of his second forced retirement in five years. This one likely will stick.
A record audience watched Leno’s emotional sign off Thursday night. I was among those on hand for his last Friday show, six days earlier. Even then, there were signs of the wrenching farewell that was to come.
Seeing network television being made is fascinating, especially for someone who spent 40 years in local TV. Nothing is left to chance. Right down to the bank of restrooms to accommodate the queue of 300 eager attendees assembled at NBC’s Burbank, Calif. studio by 1:45 p.m. for the 3 p.m. show.
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