Earlier today, we published a poll that asked who your favorite late-night host was (excluding the untouchable David Letterman). Based on those results, Conan O'Brien edges Jay Leno ever so slightly with 27 and 24 percent of the vote respectively (though they both fall behind top vote-getter Craig Ferguson). One of the things that has come up in the discussion is that despite formal boycotts from a handful of networks, Leno still manages to book a lot of high-profile guests (and also gets them to do interesting things). While Jimmy Fallon has the best music booking and Ferguson has the edgiest comics, O'Brien's "The Tonight Show" stands somewhere in the middle of the pack — sometimes inspired, other times less so.
"The Jay Leno Show" has been on the air for a shade under five months (it made its debut on Monday, September 14, the day after the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards), but it has already amassed a handful of memorable moments. If Leno is indeed staring down the end of his primetime life and heading back to late night, here are the top five moments that "The Jay Leno Show" can consider its finest.
Kanye West Apologizes
"The Jay Leno Show" opened with a bang. Jay-Z, Rihanna and Kanye West were booked to perform "Run This Town" on the show's opening night, but the previous night happened to be the evening where West stormed the stage to interrupt Taylor Swift's acceptance speech. West came out before the performance to apologize (and to take a brow beating from Leno).
Miley Cyrus Debuts 10 @ 10
One of the better features Leno does on a regular basis is something called "10 @ 10," wherein he asks a celebrity 10 questions via satellite. In the show's first week, Miley Cyrus appeared as the first subject of "10 @ 10," where she admitted that she puts ketchup on pizza and is sometimes nicknamed Spider Monkey. Subsequent "10 @ 10" stars included Tom Cruise, Justin Timberlake and Snooki from "Jersey Shore."
Pee-Wee Herman Returns To TV
In a somewhat historical sit-down to promote a live show in Los Angeles, Paul Reubens appeared on the show as Pee-Wee Herman, making it the first time he put on the gray suit and red bow tie in nearly two decades.
Andrea Bocelli Sings With The Muppets
It was the Muppets! What's not to love?
Lady Gaga Weirds Jay Out
Lady Gaga is a challenging interview for anybody, and she appeared on the show wearing a typically Gaga-ish outfit and holding a cup and saucer. It's an odd five minutes: Gaga talks about loving Judy Garland and Led Zeppelin, Leno mentions that he was dyslexic and she promises to wear latex and fishnets when performing for the Queen of England. (She actually came through on that guarantee!) Then Leno hits on her mom.
Snooki Doesn't Know Who Thomas Edison Is
What's your favorite moment on "The Jay Leno Show"? Leave your thoughts in the comments!