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Five memorable moments from Leno's final show

Jay Leno's Tearful Goodbye to 'The Tonight Show'
BURBANK, Calif. (AP) - Jay Leno said goodbye - again - to "The Tonight Show" during a taping Thursday in Burbank, Calif. Here are five memorable moments from his final show:

22 YEARS AGO

In the middle of his opening monologue, which included the usual jabs at pop culture and politics, Leno stopped to recognize changes over the past 22 years: cigarettes could be smoked anywhere; Justin Bieber wasn't born; and guys had to buy porn at newsstands. "You know the saddest part of all?" said Leno. "O.J. (Simpson) never found the real killers."

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WHAT'S NEXT FOR JAY?

In a pre-taped bit, several celebs appeared to offer suggestions of what Leno could do after "The Tonight Show." Larry the Cable Guy advised him to "sell meth." Charlie Sheen suggested he buy NBC and fire everyone. President Barack Obama offered to make him an ambassador to Antarctica. "I hope you've got a warm coat, funnyman," Obama deadpanned.

"SO LONG, FAREWELL"

After appearing as Leno's final guest, Billy Crystal - backed by Von Trapp family lookalikes - led a cavalcade of stars including Jim Parsons, Sheryl Crow, Kim Kardashian, Oprah Winfrey, Chris Paul and Carol Burnett in a "Sound of Music" parody. "So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodbye," sang Jack Black. "If Fallon tanks, you'll be back here next year."

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FINAL MONOLOGUE

In the last moments of the show, Leno addressed the audience in a touching final monologue, thanking the fans for being loyal and his crew for making him look, sound and seem smarter than he really was as show host. "I am the luckiest guy in the world," said an uncharacteristically weepy Leno. "I got to meet presidents, astronauts and movie stars."

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"FRIENDS IN LOW PLACES"

After his teary address, Leno asked final musical guest Garth Brooks to "liven up the room." Brooks, who earlier performed a sober "The Dance," turned in a lively rendition of "Friends in Low Places" as Leno watched from the sidelines. Afterward, Leno enthusiastically told the crowd: "Watch Jimmy Fallon! Thanks, folks. See you later! I'm coming home, honey!"

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heyred74 February 07 2014 at 11:55 AM

Sorry to see Jay leave. I didn't get to see him much but when I did I really enjoyed watching him. I love Jimmy Fallon. He is hysterical and I know that he will be a great successor to a very funny man. Wishing them both much success. Will miss you, Jay.

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Suzy February 07 2014 at 8:35 AM

: ( Class Act....

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jsbrito February 07 2014 at 8:27 AM

I'm going to miss Jay. He was a class act!

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bmeservey5 February 07 2014 at 8:23 AM

Good luck Jay--From just another Andover transplant to Naples

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Marion February 07 2014 at 8:21 AM

I say Welcome Home Jay !!! We loved all you did for us and everyone else.
You made us proud and we love you to the moon !!!
Thanks for being who you are...A great man!!
Marion from Watertown, Mass.

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elacy22998 February 07 2014 at 8:08 AM

i forgot to tape it,,,,,let's hope the dvr can bring it up

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HELLO !!! February 07 2014 at 7:51 AM

Being a lifelong MASS. resident Jay you can finally return home
from being the greatest talk show host ever .
Rocket

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jfsinc1929 HELLO !!! February 07 2014 at 8:49 AM

Sorry, 3rd greatest in my opinion. Of course Johnny Carson was #1. #2 was Steve Allen. And then Jay. Letterman? Just a mean, not funny talk show host. He used to have some comedy but he let his own personal politics get too deeply entrenched in his routines. Sad too, because he did have some talent. Jay could ridicule the politicians but never in a vindictive way like Letterman did. No one, except possibly people my age, would remember Steve Allen, 1st host of the Tonight Show but he was very funny in his own right.

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Jh4apps February 07 2014 at 7:42 AM

I'll miss you each evening & hope you now have the time to really enjoy your (hobby) cars. Very few of us get to live & have both the time & money to enjoy our years after haing worked for so long. Was sorry that Terry (Bradshaw) couldn't have been there to celebrate with you. He is (also) a very unique person(ality). How come all the great emcees of the Tonight Show after Steve have a name that begins with 'J'? hmmm

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Dianne February 07 2014 at 7:22 AM

You're an American treasure, Jay. Well Done

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Charlie Deeee February 07 2014 at 7:04 AM

For those who can remember, Jimmy Duranties closing line. Good Night Mrs Calahbash Wherever you are. We will miss The J man.

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