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Commissioner Pai Statement on Leno's Departure from The Tonight Show

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Released: February 6, 2014

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February 6, 2014
Matthew Berry, (202) 418-2005
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STATEMENT OF COMMISSIONER AJIT PAI

ON THE DEPARTURE OF JAY LENO FROM THE TONIGHT SHOW

After 22 years of hosting The Tonight Show, Jay Leno is about to sign off for the last
time. The Tonight Show is an American institution, and like Johnny Carson before him, Jay has
become one of the most recognizable faces of American broadcasting. Whether he was directing
barbs at Presidents, Hollywood stars, or occasionally the FCC, Jay’s humor connected each night
with millions of Americans across our country. Last February, I had the pleasure of seeing that
connection firsthand when I attended a taping of The Tonight Show. I wish Jay all of the best in
his future endeavors and congratulate Jimmy Fallon on assuming The Tonight Show mantle.

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