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Al Roker Nurses Sore Jaw After Getting 'Punched' By Michelle Obama in Leno Bit (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Oct 14th 2011 12:00PM
Yesterday, Al Roker interviewed first lady Michelle Obama about physical fitness at a record-breaking jumping-jack event. In their discussion about her workout regimen, the first lady revealed that she likes to sometimes mix in a little boxing.

On 'The Tonight Show,' Jay Leno had some fun with the segment, editing the video to make it appear that Mrs. Obama clocked Roker in the jaw with a left-hook.

Friday on 'Today,' (weekdays, 9AM ET on NBC) the gang razzed Roker about getting "punched" by the first lady. Roker got a good laugh watching the clip, and joked that his jaw was still sore. "And I thought she liked me," he lamented. Now if only the first lady could do the same to Congress, the president might be able to get his jobs bill passed.

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Top 5 Clips of the Week: Sheen Sees the Light, Kathy Griffin Gets Naked & More (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Sep 17th 2011 1:30PM


There were so many good TV clips this week, choosing the Top 5 wasn't easy.

Charlie Sheen returned to TV on a goodwill tour to atone for his wrongdoings, before being roasted for them. Kate Gosselin, on the other hand, vowed to never leave TV. Ricky Gervais monologue-bombed Jimmy Fallon and Snooki crashed a car into her own police escort.

And we can't forget Kathy Griffin getting naked with Anderson Cooper. (We've tried.)

With so much goodness to chose from, let's just get to the clips, shall we? Check them out after the jump and vote for your favorite in our weekly poll.

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Top 5 Clips of the Week: Letterman Blames Leno, Ronnie and the Situation Rumble & More (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Aug 27th 2011 3:45PM


There's a hurricane coming -- have you heard? As Irene bears down on the East Coast, our best advice to you is to hunker down and watch these videos. And even if you're not in the storm's path, you probably shouldn't miss these epic TV moments.

This week's Top 5 features Letterman responding to a death threat from a jihadist, Craig Ferguson catching Kal Penn up on pop culture, the epic throwdown between Ronnie and the Situation on 'Jersey Shore,' Ashton Kutcher refusing to tell us how Charlie Harper dies and Danielle Staub and Jake Pavelka yelling at each other.

It's enough to keep us inside for days. Check out the videos after the jump and vote for your favorite in our weekly poll.

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The Situation Hits on Jesse Eisenberg in Italian (VIDEO)

by Laura Prudom, posted Aug 10th 2011 3:30AM
The Situation flirts with Jesse EisenbergYou've got to imagine that it would be fairly traumatic to have Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino hitting on you in any language, but it's reassuring to know that he's no more alluring in Italian than he is in American.

While visiting 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno' (weeknights, 11.35PM ET on NBC), Sorrentino demonstrated his newfound linguistic skills on an unsuspecting Jesse Eisenberg, who didn't look too convinced.

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Bryce Dallas Howard Recalls 'Massive Crotch Sweat' While Filming 'The Help' (VIDEO)

by Laura Prudom, posted Aug 9th 2011 4:00AM
Bryce Dallas Howard Tonight Show with Jay LenoAnyone who thinks that acting is all glitz and glamour should probably talk to actress Bryce Dallas Howard, who visited 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno' (weeknights, 11:35PM ET on NBC) to talk about her experience filming 'The Help' in Mississippi. Let's just say that things got ... messy.

"There was one day in particular -- in the shade it was 108 degrees and it was unbelievably humid," she explained, before going on to describe a very embarrassing problem that the director, visual team, costume designer and producers were all trying to figure out during filming.

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'The Early Show' Presents Late-Night Comedians Riffing On the Debt Ceiling Debate (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 28th 2011 2:30PM
Jay Leno on the debt ceiling on 'The Early Show'As the standoff over the debt ceiling continues in Washington, pundits and politicos are debating, and mocking, the subject endlessly across all forms of media. 'The Early Show' (weekdays, 7AM on CBS) offered up a montage of late night comedians cracking jokes about the seemingly endless debate. The clips included David Letterman, Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel, and Jimmy Fallon talking fiscal politics in their opening monologues.

Letterman and Fallon poked fun at the different plans floating around for debt reduction. "Ladies and gentlemen," said Letterman, "when you hear your name called, do me a favor, come up here onstage and tell us about your debt reduction plan."

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Howie Mandel Brings a Friend Who Cost Leno More than $1,300 on a Dinner (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 12th 2011 4:38AM
Howie Mandel, 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno'Most people are pretty excited to meet celebrities. Not so Howie Mandel's friend on 'The Tonight Show' (Weeknights, 11:35PM ET on NBC). It might have been a little less nerve-wracking had Mandel not reminded Jay Leno how the two had previously "met."

Mandel's friend was backed into by a woman, who turned out to be Leno's wife. She told him that her husband usually takes care of everything, at which point Leno suddenly remembered the story.

He told the guy, "I'll pay to fix your car. We'll get it done right. Go have a nice dinner on me. Take a date, your girlfriend or whatever."

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Kathie Lee and Hoda Bring 'Wine Rack,' Boozy Smooches to 'The Tonight Show' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 11th 2011 2:35PM
Kathie Lee Gifford and Jay Leno share some 'Whipped Lightning' on 'The Tonight Show'Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb visited Jay Leno on 'The Tonight Show' (weeknights, 11:35 on NBC) Friday to demonstrate some helpful, boozy new products. The segment featured 'The Wine Rack,' a very special whipped cream, and like Kathie Lee's last appearance on 'Late Night Jimmy Fallon,' ended with her smooching the host.

The first product the gals demoed was 'The Wine Rack,' which -- have you guessed it yet? -- is a bra you can fill with wine and sip on through a tube. Gifford suggested a myriad of situations it might prove useful, including parent-teacher conferences and your kid's soccer game. Kotb also demonstrated, not too successfully, a bra that pops off when you clap with a similarly imaginative name, 'The Clap Off.'

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'The Daily Show' vs. 'The Tonight Show' Ratings Battle

by PopEater Staff, posted Jul 4th 2011 7:30AM
Is Jon Stewart now more popular than Jay Leno? It seems that the latest battle in the late night ratings wars sees 'The Tonight Show' up against 'The Daily Show,' as a surprise ratings report has NBC and Comedy Central clashing over who's on top.

For the first time 'The Daily Show With Jon Stewart' has bested Leno's 'Tonight Show' in a key segment of viewers. However, NBC execs, ever stubborn when it comes to defending Leno, aren't taking the news lying down.

According to EW.com, while Leno's 'Tonight Show' viewership still tops the ratings in overall viewers, as it has for years, Comedy Central is celebrating the fact that during the most recent quarter, Stewart drew a few thousand more people than Leno in the crucial "Adults 18-49" demographic.

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Larry David Defends 'Bachelorette' Ashley Hebert on 'The Tonight Show' (VIDEO)

by Mike Moody, posted Jun 17th 2011 4:16AM
larry david, ashley hebertLarry David came to the defense of 'The Bachelorette' star Ashley Hebert on 'The Tonight Show With Jay Leno' (Weeknights, 11:35PM ET on NBC).

Butting-in on Leno's interview with Hebert every chance he got, the 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' star expressed an extreme dislike for Bentley Williams, who Hebert says broke her heart.

"I'm gonna kill that mofo," David said.

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Jim Carrey Gets Personal With Selena Gomez on 'The Tonight Show' (VIDEO)

by Mike Moody, posted Jun 10th 2011 5:10AM
selena gomez, jim carreyWe learned a few new tidbits about perky starlet Selena Gomez thanks to a visit from Jim Carrey to 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno' (Weeknights, 11:35PM ET on NBC).

Couched between Leno and Carrey, Gomez chatted about her rise to fame and her, er, friendship with Justin Bieber.

With the 'Mr. Popper's Penguins' star butting in on her interview every few minutes, Gomez revealed that her favorite Jim Carrey movie is 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind' (classy pick, btw, Miss Gomez) and, even though her star is rising, she's not going to let Hollywood turn her into an insecure, image-obsessed headcase who tosses her cookies before photo shoots.

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Did Jay Leno Steal Raiders Joke From 'Red Eye'?

by Alex Moaba, posted May 31st 2011 5:15PM
The hosts of the late night Fox News political comedy show 'Red Eye' are accusing 'Tonight Show' host Jay Leno and his writing staff of joke-stealing. The joke in question both riffed on a Supreme Court ruling that will force California to release tens of thousands of convicted felons due to prison overcrowding.

'Red Eye's' joke, which Andy Levy told May 24th after reading news of the impending prisoner release, read as follows: "This may actually help the Raiders start selling out their home games again."

Leno's joke, which he told two nights later on May 26th, reacted to the same news with, "But the good news? Looks like the Oakland Raiders will have more season ticket holders." Pretty similar.

Check out the video of both after the jump and tell us if you think Leno ripped off 'Red Eye,' or if they were both just going for obvious punchline and 'Red Eye' got there first.

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Lauren Alaina Tells Piers Morgan 'America's Got Talent' Turned Her Down Twice (VIDEO)

by Catherine Lawson, posted May 27th 2011 4:37AM
Piers Morgan and Lauren Alaina on 'The Tonight Show''American Idol' runner-up Lauren Alaina stopped by 'The Tonight Show With Jay Leno' (Weeknights, 11:35PM ET on NBC) and revealed some shocking news about her previous attempts to enter a TV singing contest.

Host Jay Leno and fellow guest Piers Morgan began by asking Lauren about her relationship with 'Idol' champ Scotty McCreery. After insisting that they're just friends, Lauren summed-up the situation: "Everyone wants us to like each other but we just can't seem to do it!"

Then, discussing this week's 'American Idol' finale, Morgan spoke from experience as a veteran competition show judge and told Lauren: "I thought you were the better singer."

And that's when she landed the zinger. "I tried out for your show and didn't get it. Twice!" As Morgan reeled in surprise, she repeated that yes, she auditioned for 'America's Got Talent' -- not just once, but twice -- and "I didn't make it past the first round."

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Ricky Martin Discusses His Early Struggles as a Closeted Gay Sex Symbol (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 4th 2011 6:05AM
Ricky Martin, 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno'Ricky Martin is aware that a lot of people weren't surprised when he finally came out and announced he was gay. As detailed in his autobiography, 'Me,' it was more about his own internal struggles.

"What I was feeling, according to what I had in my mind, was evil," he told Jay Leno on 'The Tonight Show' (Weeknights, 11:35PM ET on NBC) referring to societal and religious expectations.

What made his early struggles with his sexuality more difficult was when he was the Ricky Martin of 'Livin' La Vida Loca' fame. "I was the sex symbol and I needed to dance and I needed to make girls crazy and I couldn't say that I was gay," he said. "It was a lot of struggle."

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Chelsea Handler Gives Jay Leno a Birthday Kiss (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Apr 29th 2011 7:05AM
Chelsea Handler and Jay Leno on 'The Tonight Show'Jay Leno was an early supporter of Chelsea Handler's career, and now that she's got two TV shows, an NBC sitcom pilot in the works, a new book and a new stand-up tour, she's not forgetting her friends. Handler was on Thursday's 'Tonight Show' (weeknights, 11:35PM on NBC) to help Leno celebrate his birthday, the third birthday in a row, Handler noted, that they had been together.

"I was thinking about giving you something for your birthday, like a birthday kiss," said Handler. "And then I decided, forget it." She wound up giving Leno a birthday kiss anyway, a quick peck on the lips. Leno then pretended to fan himself from the heat of it.

Handler thought it was about time, considering how long the pair have known each other. "If we're not going to have sex, we might as well kiss," she joked. Leno was glad they waited. It was apparently worth the wait for Handler, too.

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