Jay Leno’s final episode of The Tonight Show aired last night. His competition pulled out all the stops in an attempt to overshadow his (probably final) goodbye, with Kimmel booking a star-studded movie cast and Conan doing the same with one of TV’s most popular shows. But we’d be remiss if we didn’t cover the final paragraph in one of the most successful chapters in TV history.
Below, Jay Leno says goodbye. He fights through tears as he thanks the audience, credits his crew for making him better, and explains how the show filled the void when a string of family deaths left a giant hole in his heart. No matter what your opinion of Leno is, watching this is a punch to the gut.