Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. MittRomney pauses as he delivers his concession speech at his election night rally in Boston, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) Former Massachusetts governor and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney delivers his concession speechNov. 7, 2012, in Boston. (Charles Dharapak/AP)

Mitt Romney, who has kept a low profile since failing in his quest for the White House, plans to resurface next week to ham it up with Jay Leno.

The former Republican presidential nominee will be Leno’s guest on NBC’s “The Tonight Show” on May 17, a publicist for the show confirmed Thursday.

Romney, who keeps a residence in San Diego, has appeared on Leno’s show multiple times over the years, and the two developed something of a friendship. Romney last visited Leno’s set in Burbank, Calif., in March 2012, amid the drawn-out Republican primary campaign.

Romney stuck mostly to his political talking points, although he cracked a few jokes, including one at Leno’s expense – Romney said he was considering David Letterman, Leno’s late-night rival, for vice president.

Since losing last November’s election, Romney largely has stayed out of the public eye and has granted only a few television interviews. His first was in March, along with his wife, Ann, on “Fox News Sunday” with anchor Chris Wallace. More recently, Romney, a former governor of Massachusetts, appeared on CNN in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings.