Goodbye, Jay: Leno’s Last Monologue & Sandra Bullock’s Teary Goodbye

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(Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

(Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

After over two decades, Jay Leno is leaving (for real this time, maybe…) The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Love him or hate him, you have to admit he’s influenced not only late night television but comedy for the best. He’s also been a great friend to a lot of stars — despite the jokes.

One of those stars is Sandra Bullock. One of the last guests on Jay’s show, she started to tear up as she talked about what he means to her.

Holding hands with Jay, she said, “You’ve always been so kind, and that’s saying a lot in this business because we like to be mean.”

It wasn’t only big timers like Bullock that got a fair shake from Leno, you may remember Cameron Esposito — a Chicago comedian! — being treated amazingly by Leno when they both appeared on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.

(This exchange was also probably the only time anyone has heard Leno yell, “White men are on their way out!” and “Lesbians rule!”)

Yes, Leno may have been a jerk to Conan, but that’s one (albeit large) crappy incident among decades of good deeds done to fellow comedians. What can you say? The guy’s still got karma to spare.

So goodbye, Jay. I’ll happily watch your last monologue.

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