CNN is marking Jay Leno’s exit from “The Tonight Show” with “Jay Leno: Mr. Comedy,” a special that will look back on his rise from the 1970s comedy club circuit to his leading role in late night.
Hosted by Nischelle Turner, the special will look back on Leno replacing Johnny Carson on “Tonight” — just as Leno prepares to hand off the show to Jimmy Fallon.
Leno is being replaced next month despite earning the best late-night ratings. NBC is trying to lock in a younger audience amidst challenges from ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel, among others.
The special will air this Friday at 10 p.m. ET on CNN, and will repeat Saturday.
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