Leno to receive Walk of Fame star
BURBANK -- On the eve of celebrating his eighth year as host of NBC’s
“Tonight Show,” Jay Leno will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of
The public ceremony will start at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at 6780
Hollywood Blvd., in front of Ripley’s Believe It or Not museum.
Leno, who was nominated for the star by NBC, chose the location on
Hollywood Boulevard near the intersection with Highland Avenue because he
was arrested there twice 20 years ago for vagrancy, said his publicist,
“It is a surprising honor,” Guttman said of Leno’s selection. “As a
kid, he used to look at this stuff, so he knows it really means
The half-hour ceremony, which is expected to be crowded with media and
fans, will include speeches about Leno’s life and accomplishments and
some words from the comic himself.
Getting a star on the Walk of Fame is not a simple thing, said Ana
Martinez-Holler, director of publicity for the Hollywood Chamber of
Commerce. After a nomination application is submitted, a committee meets
to select about 20 people from a list of hundreds submitted each year.
The chamber board must approve the choices, which are then sent to the
Los Angeles City Council for approval.
“It’s very difficult to get in,” Martinez-Holler said.
Because it sponsored Leno, NBC will pay the requisite $15,000 fee for
the star, which includes removing the blank star at that location and
replacing it with the plaque, as well as security and staging for the
ceremony, Martinez-Holler said.
IF YOU GO
WHAT: Jay Leno’s Hollywood Walk of Fame star.
WHEN: 11:30 a.m. Thursday.
WHERE: 6780 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood.
TRIVIA: Leno was arrested twice for loitering at a nearby corner.