[TV] Jay Leno Says That Jimmy Fallon Will "Do Terrific" On The Tonight Show Posted by Joseph Lee on 01.29.2014
He's got faith in him...
During an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Jay Leno praised his Tonight Show replacement, Jimmy Fallon. This is one of several interviews that Leno has had leading up to his final episode on February 6. He's also appeared on 60 Minutes and Today (with Fallon). The interview with Ellen airs today.
He said: "You know, I think he's going to do terrific because I mean there really is a true generation gap. He's 23 years younger than I am and you know, he knows the music, he knows -- like I said, when I see him do a dance number with Justin Timberlake, well like I can't do that. I get it. ... [but] I come from New England, you don't retire at 56. [affects a Boston accent] 'What, are you better than me? You don't work no more, is that what you telling me? What, you don't work no more because you better than?' So at about 63, 64 that's about the right age."
Leno has said in the past that he doesn't want to do another late night show, but would be willing to join another TV project. He mentioned that this time he left the show because he was asked, and the last time he was told to go.
The two also talked bout the first time they met, a comedy club in San Francisco called The Boarding House.
DeGeneres said: "We were doing stand up and I was brand new and it was a big deal that I was working with Jay Leno. And I was on the poster with him and he signed it 'See you at the top.' And it was the sweetest; it made me feel like, 'Oh my god he thinks I'm going to make it to the top.'"
Leno added: "Well, The Top closed in 1984. It was a strip joint right off of Broad Street. I thought you were really funny. Because comedy is comedy. I always hated the term 'comedienne.' When I was a kid, they had comedians and comediennes, which were females. Comedy is comedy. Funny is funny and that's what I like."