Famed late night host Jay Leno will be leaving NBC's "The Tonight Show" on Feb. 6. What's next for the comedian? Leno recently discussed what may be in store for the next step in his showbiz career.
Leno sat down for an interview with TV Guide Magazine, where he spoke about his future and discussed leaving. The host said he was glad to be leaving when he was, as it's better to go out on a high note than a low note.
"I'd rather leave when I was No. 1 than sneak out the door when you're No. 3. At some point it becomes diminishing returns. This is all I've done for 22 years. You have to go home and write 14 minutes [of a monologue] every single night, no matter what happens. If there's a death in your family, OK, then you have to go write 14 minutes of jokes right after that. It will be nice to go back to being a comic again for a while. I don't know when the right time to leave is. Is it when you're 71? 68? 84? I've never gone out on a school night for the past 22 years. Look, if NBC did not have a guy like Jimmy in the bullpen waiting, I'd probably be here another year or two," he said.
Leno also discussed the fact that he has not yet accepted an offer as to what he will do next.
"I've been passing on a lot of things because I don't want to do another version of this. I don't want to do the Tonight Show somewhere else, when the Tonight Show name is over here. I might do something; I just don't want to do this. And I'm not going to go challenge any of my friends, or whatever they are, in late night as well. At least not in the foreseeable future," he told TV Guide magazine.