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Don Rickles Provides Color Commentary to Leno's Interview With Bristol Palin (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 15th 2011 4:41AM
Don Rickles & Bristol Palin, 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno'What do you do when an interview is perhaps less than exciting? Why not have Don Rickles sitting on the couch next to the subject providing color commentary. It worked for Bristol Palin's appearance on 'The Tonight Show' (Weeknights, 11:35PM ET on NBC).

Rickles provided the best reaction to the stories she told and answers she gave to Leno's questions. He gasped and made a cross with his fingers when she revealed that she lied to her mother so she could sneak out, get drunk and lose her virginity.

When Jay Leno asked her point-blank, not expecting an answer, if her mother Sarah Palin was going to put her hat in the ring and run for president, it was Rickles who was able to step in.

"Is there any reason she shouldn't run?" Leno asked when Bristol said they were discussing it.

"'Cause she could lose," Rickles chimed in.

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Craig Ferguson Gives Rose Byrne a Lap Dance on 'The Tonight Show' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 14th 2011 3:59AM
Rose Byrne & Craig Ferguson, 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno'We kind of think Craig Ferguson was just waiting for an invitation on 'The Tonight Show' (Weeknights, 11:35PM ET on CBS). He was sitting on the couch while Jay Leno was talking to Rose Byrne about her experience working on 'Bridesmaids.'

When Byrne started talking about how Kristen Wiig took the ladies out for a night of bonding, that wound up at a male strip club, Leno started really probing her for details.

"Oh, don't act like you've never been there," Ferguson said to him.

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Seth Meyers Talks About His Ongoing Feud With Donald Trump on 'Tonight Show' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 13th 2011 4:42AM
Seth Meyers, 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno'It doesn't look like Donald Trump is quite ready to forgive and forget some jokes Seth Meyers made at his expense when hosting the White House Correspondents Dinner. On 'The Tonight Show' (Weeknights, 11:35PM ET on NBC), Meyers was still gracious about their current relationship status.

Sometime after the White House dinner, Meyers ran into Trump at a charity event and thanked him for being a good sport about the whole thing. Regarding Trump's response, Meyers said, "He held his position. He maintained his position."

We can't help but see that as a very nice way of saying Trump either blew him off or blew up at him, more than likely not over the incident at all. So Meyers said he prefers to remember the good times they had in their past, like when Trump hosted 'SNL' in 2004. Why focus on the negative when you have video of you singing together about a wings place?

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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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Bernie the Gorilla Joins Kevin James to Promote 'Zookeeper' on 'Tonight Show' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 8th 2011 4:30AM
Kevin James & Bernie the Gorilla, 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno'When Kevin James showed up on 'The Tonight Show' (Weeknights, 11:35PM ET on NBC) to promote his new movie 'Zookeeper,' he wasn't alone. He was joined on the couch by Bernie the Gorilla from the movie, voiced again by Nick Nolte.

The two bickered throughout the bit, with Bernie saying James insisted on being called "Mr. James" on the set, and even had a guy whose only job was to bring him smoothies all day.

James retorted by accusing the gorilla of not being able to handle the fact that James gave him his big break in movies. It was a lot of this kind of silliness, but we were still impressed with the gorilla itself. The mouth animation was respectable enough, and the suit itself was almost perfect.

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Jay Leno Wears a Scarlet Ibis As a Hat on 'The Tonight Show' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 7th 2011 4:06AM
Julie Scardina, 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno'Things always seem to get a little out of hand whenever animals are brought onto late night talk shows. That's the main reason these segments are so entertaining. And we were not let down when Julie Scardina brought along her animal friends to 'The Tonight Show' (Weeknights, 11:35PM ET on NBC).

Winning the award for Most Adorable, an eight-week old caracol cat was not a big fan of Leno. That said, if a proportionately huge Jay Leno face was opening and closing its mouth that close to us, we might hiss and run, too. Cat probably thought it was gonna get eaten.

A scarlet ibis was far more comfortable, immediately perching on top of Leno's head. When one jumped up and landed on Scardina's head as well, Leno said, "Now we can talk."

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One Potty-Training 'Accident' Cost Marc Anthony $6,000 to Clean Up (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 22nd 2011 4:56AM
Marc Anthony, 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno'Potty training is a crazy and stressful time for any parent. Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez are dealing with two at the same time in that stage. On 'The Tonight Show' (Weeknights, 11:35PM ET on NBC), Anthony talked about how their kids quickly outsmarted the reward system.

The children were given a lollipop for every time they successfully went potty, but after three days the lollipops were all gone.

"You should probably get them checked out if they're using the potty that much," he said.

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100-Year Old Dorothy Custer Upstages Larry the Cable Guy on 'Tonight Show' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 21st 2011 4:29AM
Dorothy Custer, 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno'There's a reason why you usually see the 100-year old guests on late night talk shows like 'The Tonight Show' (Weeknights, 11:35PM ET on NBC) come out last. They've reached a point in their lives where they simply don't hold back anything, meaning they're usually fantastically entertaining guests.

Jay Leno had Dorothy Custer on, who was three weeks past her 100th birthday. She related a story about her trip to Universal Studios with the timing of a well-seasoned comedian.

"I had a skirt on and the wind was a-just blowing it like that, and I was hanging onto my hat." she explained. When a kid told her to pull down her dress instead of holding her hat, she retorted, "I don't care. What they see down there is 100 years old. This is a brand new hat."

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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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Blake Lively Tells Jay Leno About Swimming With Great White Sharks (VIDEO)

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jun 16th 2011 6:25AM
Blake Lively and Jay LenoBlake Lively stopped by 'The Tonight Show' (Weeknights, 11:35PM ET on NBC) to promote her new movie, 'The Green Lantern,' and she revealed an unexpectedly adventurous side to her personality.

On vacation, someone suggested she give swimming with sharks a go. Lively's initial reaction? "I'm terrified of sharks. Sounds like a horrible idea. Let's do it! ... So, I went cage-diving with Great White Sharks!"

From what Lively said, it's a pretty gruesome experience. The guides attract sharks to the cage by throwing blood and fish guts into the water. The divers jump in and start to swim in the cage amidst all that gore. And then lots of sharks turn up and start biting at the cage.

"It's like everything you never wanted to happen, is happening." Happily for Lively, though, she can see the positive side, and thinks that although the experience was terrifying at first, it's also kind of beautiful.

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Kim Kardashian Tells Jay Leno How Kris Humphries Proposed to Her (VIDEO)

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jun 15th 2011 7:13AM
Kim Kardashian and Jay LenoKim Kardashian recently got engaged to her beau, basketball player Kris Humphries, and she took time off from wedding planning to visit 'The Tonight Show' (Weeknights, 11:35PM ET on NBC).

Host Jay Leno was interested to find out how long it took for Kim to know that Kris was "the one," and seemed taken aback when she said she hadn't known immediately. But, it only took until "month two" of the whirlwind romance for her to be sure.

Then Kim spilled the beans of the exact details of Kris's oh-so-perfect, ultra-romantic proposal. (Guys might like to take notes here, as many prospective Bridezillas are sure to be wanting their boyfriends to "do a Humphries" for their own marriage proposals.)

Anyway, at the end of a "totally random day" Kim arrived home to what seemed to be an empty house. However, when she opened her bedroom door she found Kris waiting for her on bended knee, candles everywhere, and he'd spelled out "Will You Marry Me?" in red rose petals on her big white rug. Awww. How cute is that?!

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Adam Levine Sees Embarrassing Footage of His First Public Performance (VIDEO)

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jun 14th 2011 7:05AM
Adam LevineOn 'The Voice' Adam Levine's job is to sit in judgment on many young aspiring singers, trampling on some dreams, and making others come true. When he was younger, TV talent shows were thin on the ground, so how did the Maroon 5 frontman get his start in the business?

Luckily for us, 'The Tonight Show' (Weeknights, 11:35PM ET on NBC) host Jay Leno unearthed footage of Levine's first public performance and we got to watch it along with Levine. Who didn't seem that happy to see it.

Levine said that he was a really shy kid and only came out of his shell once he started performing at a local place called 'Closet Stars.' This, said Levine, was a place where would-be rock stars were dressed up in in "all kinds of cool stuff like sunglasses" before coming out onstage to lip-synch the big hits of the day.

And that's when Leno unleashed the footage. As Levine said "Are you kidding?" we got to see his much younger self working through that shyness barrier by lip-synching and dancing to Bobby Brown's 1988 mega-hit, 'Don't Be Cruel.'

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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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