Jay Leno: Career in Pictures
With Leno set to leave "The Tonight Show" in 2014 after a 22-year stint as host, it's a good time to look back at the No. 1-rated comic's triumphs and travails.
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First 'Tonight' monologue( Carson Entertainment / April 3, 2013 )
Leno took over NBC's late-night talk show in 1992 after serving as a longtime substitute host for Johnny Carson.
The shift was laden with intrigue between Leno and Letterman, who had long lusted for the "Tonight" job.
Leno raised eyebrows with his very first monologue, which managed to avoid thanking Carson for his 20-year stint hosting the show.