“How many of you folks earlier today saw the white smoke coming out of the chimney at NBC? Anybody see that?” David Letterman — the guy who Leno did out of “Tonight Show” back when Carson retired — said at the top of his CBS late night show hours after NBC’s announcement.
“I got a call from my mom today, she says, ‘Well, David, I see you didn’t get the ‘Tonight Show’ again,’” Letterman continued.
“Good luck to Jay. I know he’ll be out on the road, getting it done and taking care of business and congratulations on a nice long run there at the ‘Tonight Show,’ if in fact you’re not coming back.”
And, Dave’s Wednesday Top 10 List?
Things We’ll Miss About Jay Leno, including:
5. If you broke down on the freeway, Jay was always right there with a camera crew to help.
4. Can’t remember the name of the bit, but it’s the one where Jay is walking.
3. He’s mom’s favorite talk show host.
And so on.