Ready for Jay Leno five nights a week?
His new entertainment program, The Jay Leno Show, launches tonight at 10 p.m.
Losing “The Tonight Show” handle from the title hasn’t been a downer for Jay one bit.
“When I was doing The Tonight Show, it was Johnny [Carson]‘s model basically, and you really didn’t deviate from that much,” he shares with the TV DivaGal exclusively.
“With this, we can deviate a little bit and go in a little different direction.”
That deviation includes banishing the typical late night talk show desk to TV oblivion.
Jay’s going for more of an Oprah feel. He’s set himself in a chair and alongside┬áchairs for his guests. Not that he’ll need them much.
“There’s not a lot of interviews going on,” Jay spills.
Instead his celebrity guests will be off the couch and taking on challenges with Jay, including driving an electric car on a track that’s been built at the studio.
The musical guests are gone, too.
Instead, Jay will pair up musicians for a one-of-a-kind, one-night-only performance. First up? Jay-Z, Rihanna and Kanye!
Jay is keeping his comedy bits, “Jaywalking” and “Headlines” from his Tonight days, and promises there will be a lot more reasons to laugh.
“It will be comedy, more comedy, maybe a guest, some comedy, and then we’ll go out and do the track, more comedy and we’re out.”
Quite a lot of chuckles to pack in an hour!
Jay got some serious star power stopping by in his first week. Tonight’s inaugural guest is Jerry Seinfeld, followed by Tom Cruise, Robin Williams and Halle Berry.
Still, there is one certain woman he’d like to get on his track.
“I would love to get Oprah. Oprah’s fun.”
Which is exactly what you’re going for, Jay!
Catch the premiere of The Jay Leno Show, Monday, Sept. 14 at 10 p.m. on NBC.