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Craig Ferguson has hosted his last edition of The Late Late Show after a run of ten years.

The Scots-born comedian insisted that he was not retiring, saying: “I’m not stopping doing it, I’m stopping doing this.”

Craig Ferguson’s role will be filled by James Corden, 36, from March 23.

His final guest was Jay Leno, who bowed out of hosting The Tonight Show earlier this year.Craig Ferguson The Late Late Show final edition

Craig Ferguson and Jay Leno spoke about the pitfalls of presenting chat shows, while Leno said that it was “fun being a comedian again instead of a talk show host”.

The 52-year-old presenter, who fronted the late night show on CBS for 2,058 episodes, is expected to present a new early evening program.

However, Craig Ferguson remained tight-lipped about the precise nature of his future plans during his final appearance.

James Corden, known for presenting the Brit Awards and starring in sitcom Gavin and Stacey, was confirmed as the new Late Late Show presenter in September and made an appearance on the program on December 17.

The actor said he was “hugely excited” to host the program and would do his best “to make a show that America will enjoy”.

James Corden’s profile in the US was boosted in 2012 when he won a Tony for his role in the Broadway transfer of stage hit One Man, Two Guvnors.

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Hollywood stars are boycotting Beverly Hills Hotel because of a harsh Islamic penal code introduced by Brunei’s government.

Comedians Jay Leno and Ellen DeGeneres are among the celebrities supporting the boycott against the Beverly Hills Hotel and other hotels owned by Brunei.

After a heated debate, the city council unanimously voted to condemn Brunei.

Brunei’s leader, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, announced the first phase of the new penalties last week.

They will eventually include death by stoning for homos**uality and adultery.

Jay Leno speaks at the protest across from the Beverly Hills Hotel

Jay Leno speaks at the protest across from the Beverly Hills Hotel

The mayor of Beverly Hills, Lili Bosse, had urged the city council to adopt a resolution condemning Brunei’s new laws and force the country to sell the hotel and others it owns through the Dorchester Collection chain.

The council unanimously passed a resolution condemning the sultanate but the meeting was divided on whether to boycott the hotel. Many disagreed with Mayor Lili Bosse’s decision to no longer attend functions there.

Earlier, Virgin group founder Richard Branson tweeted on Saturday his employees and family would not stay at the luxury hotel chain “until the Sultan abides by basic human rights”.

Several organizations have cancelled events at the hotel, long a gathering place for Hollywood celebrities, including the Motion Picture & Television Fund’s annual Night Before the Oscars charity event and the Feminist Majority Foundation’s annual Global Women’s Rights Awards.

During a small protest in front of the hotel on Monday, Jay Leno said: “I’d like to think that all people are basically good and when they realize this is going on, hopefully they’ll do something about it.”

But Christopher Cowdray, the chief executive of the Dorchester Collection chain, said those protesting have ignored local hotels owned by countries with poor human rights records.

“There are other hotel companies in this city that are owned by Saudi Arabia… you know, your shirt probably comes from a country which has human rights issues,” Christopher Cowdray said, adding a boycott would hurt local employees the most.

The US government has been largely quiet on the change to Brunei’s penal code, but the state department said on Tuesday it had privately relayed concerns to the Brunei government.

The initial phase of the new penal code introduces fines or prison terms for offences including indecent behavior, failure to attend Friday prayers and pregnancies out-of-wedlock.

The second phase due to start later this year will cover crimes such as theft and robbery and will involve more stringent penalties such as amputations and flogging.

The most severe punishments, such as death by stoning for offences including sodomy and adultery, will be introduced late next year

Brunei officials have previously said that judges would be given discretion in sentencing. It is not clear to what extent the code will apply to non-Muslims.

The tiny state, on the island of Borneo has grown rich on oil and gas exports.

Almost three-quarters of those who live there are Malay Muslims, but there are sizeable Buddhist and Christian communities.

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Jay Leno has taped his final episode of The Tonight Show, with help from a few celebrity guests.

Jay Leno, 63, appeared emotional as he thanked viewers for their loyalty after his 22 years as host.

The long-time television host was joined by high-profile guests including Billy Crystal, Oprah Winfrey and Garth Brooks.

Fellow comedian and late-night host Jimmy Fallon, 39, takes over the program on February 17 in New York.

Jay Leno has taped his final episode of The Tonight Show, with help from a few celebrity guests

Jay Leno has taped his final episode of The Tonight Show, with help from a few celebrity guests

Jay Leno was briefly replaced on The Tonight Show by comedian Conan O’Brien in 2009, but returned to the show in 2010.

President Barack Obama was one of many to send in taped goodbyes, offering to make Jay Leno an ambassador to Antarctica.

“I hope you’ve got a warm coat, funny man,” Barack Obama joked.

Other celebrity guests on Thursday night’s show included Jack Black and Kim Kardashian.

Brooks closed the program by performing his hit song, Friends in Low Places.

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Weeks before Jimmy Fallon is set to inherit Jay Leno’s on-again, off-again late night throne, he’s still erring toward humble and gracious.

Jimmy Fallon feted his predecessor Jay Leno as the nicest guy in the business

Jimmy Fallon feted his predecessor Jay Leno as the nicest guy in the business

As a guest on Jay Leno’s fourth-to-last Tonight Show ever Monday, Jimmy Fallon feted his predecessor as ”the nicest guy in the business” — before launching into a “thank-you note” bit that celebrated Jay.

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Jay Leno’s final Friday Tonight Show delivered its highest overnight rating in 15 months on Friday night, while Late Night With Jimmy Fallon generated its biggest metered-market household rating in nearly four years.

Jay Leno earned a 3.9 rating/9 share in the 56 metered-market households, the late-night talk show’s top results since Wednesday October 24, 2012, when President Barack Obama guested (4.0/10). It was the actually the highest Friday Tonight Show With Jay Leno rating since July 27, 2012, the night of the London Olympics Opening Ceremony (4.0/13).

Jimmy Fallon received a 2.2/7 in households on Friday, his highest rating in the markets metered by Nielsen since Friday, February 12, 2010, the night of the Vancouver Olympics Opening Ceremony (2.5/9).

Jay Leno welcomed animal expert Dave Salmoni and his lions on Friday night

Jay Leno welcomed animal expert Dave Salmoni and his lions on Friday night

Tim Allen, animal expert Dave Salmoni and musical guest Sara Bareilles were Jay Leno’s guests Friday night. As for Jimmy Fallon, he welcomed David Beckham, David Steinberg and musical guest Busta Rhymes with his house band The Roots.

Jay Leno’s final Tonight Show will air Thursday, February 6, with special guest Billy Crystal.

Billy Crystal was the very first Tonight Show guest 22 years ago when Jay Leno took over.

Jimmy Fallon’s final Late Night will be the following evening, Friday, February 7, when he will take a bow with pal Andy Samberg and the Muppets.

Jimmy Fallon takes over The Tonight Show on February 17, when his guests will be Will Smith and U2.

Seth Meyers takes over Late Night the following week, debuting with guest Amy Poehler.

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Jay Leno is being sued by former American Airlines flight attendant Louann Giambattista, who claims that she was falsely accused of bestiality during a segment of “Woulda, Coulda Shoulda” on NBC’s The Tonight Show.

In the complaint – filed in New York Supreme Court – Louann Giambattista claims that a July 2013 episode of The Tonight Show picked up a story about her supposedly smuggling her pet rat onto work flights in her underwear and/or pantyhose, Courthouse News Service reported.

Louann Giambattista says that the story was the result of an alleged “relentless campaign of discrimination” by American Airlines.

Jay Leno is being sued by former American Airlines flight attendant Louann Giambattista

Jay Leno is being sued by former American Airlines flight attendant Louann Giambattista

According to the suit: “Leno and his guests falsely accused Ms. Giambattista of engaging in s**ual relations with a rat,” primarily via the comments made by the panelists on the “Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda” segment.

Among the comments: “[If] I were one of those rats, I would’ve been very upset. I prefer not to sit in cooch.”

Since the segment aired, Louann Giambattista claims she and her husband, Steven Goldring, have become “pariahs in their own community, among their long-standing group of friends, among their co-workers and even among family”.

Even worse, Louann Giambattista and Steven Goldring’s intimate life has suffered, because: “Every time he looks at her he thinks of Defendant Leno and the heinous segment depicting her as a s**ual deviant.”

Louann Giambattista, who’s also suing American Airlines in a separate complaint, is seeking unspecified damages.

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Jay Leno told his guest Andy Cohen during Friday’s Tonight Show that the assumed beef between he and David Letterman is a tabloid creation.

Jay Leno said he and David Letterman actually like each other: “We started out together, he still makes me laugh as much as anybody.”

He added: “Brilliant wordsmith, very funny guy.”

Jay Leno said the two spoke a month ago, talking about “things in TV and what was going on here” – presumably meaning Leno’s second Tonight Show exit.

Jay Leno told his guest Andy Cohen during Friday’s Tonight Show that the assumed beef between he and David Letterman is a tabloid creation

Jay Leno told his guest Andy Cohen during Friday’s Tonight Show that the assumed beef between he and David Letterman is a tabloid creation

The candid conversation occurred when Andy Cohen turned the tables on Jay Leno, asking him to play “Plead the Fifth” from Cohen’s own talk show, Watch What Happens Live.

Andy Cohen asks a celebrity three questions, they can “plead the fifth” to one, but must answer the other two honestly. The question that prompted the open answer was his first one to Jay Leno: “What is the misconception about you that irritates you the most?”

After the explanation, Andy Cohen also asked Jay Leno what he would say to Johnny Carson if he had the chance. Jay Leno answered: “Thank You.”

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After being bullied and called fat throughout her pregnancy with baby North West, newly svelte Kim Kardashian was proudly flaunting her famous curves during an appearance on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno.

Speaking with Jay Leno about the fat-shaming she endured while pregnant, Kim Kardashian, 33, said she took the criticism to heart.

“It really hurt my soul,” she confessed.

“It changed how I am in public. I’ve tried to live more of a private life.”

Kim Kardashian and her fiancé Kanye West kept a low profile after the June birth of their baby daughter. But now that the new mom has shed 50 lbs via the Atkins diet she’s feeling more confident.

Last week, on her 33rd birthday, Kanye West surprised her with an elaborate marriage proposal and a huge cushion-cut diamond ring.

“I’m very happy right now,” Kim Kardashian told Jay Leno.

Kim Kardashian was proudly flaunting her famous curves during an appearance on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno

Kim Kardashian was proudly flaunting her famous curves during an appearance on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno

“[The proposal] was the most magical night of my life.”

“I want [Kanye West] to have whatever he wants,” Kim Kardashian told Jay Leno of her fiancé, noting that “someplace Parisian” might be nice for their wedding.

The couple are “hoping for next summer,” the reality star added, but they “haven’t had time to sit down and talk about it.”

One thing they have talked about is whether she will change her famous name. As Kanye West revealed earlier this week, Kim Kardashian plans to take her husband’s last name though she’ll keep Kardashian as her middle name.

“It’ll definitely be West,” Kim Kardashian said of the name change.

“My daughter’s name is West, and we’re a family.”

Speaking of little North, nicknamed “Nori,” Kim Kardashian couldn’t help but gush.

“She’s the sweetest little girl. She never cries,” the proud mom bragged of her 4-month-old daughter.

“She’s a perfect little angel. I hope she grows up to be smart and opinionated like her dad,” Kim Kardashian added.

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Bruce and Kris Jenner have been the source of constant speculation due their unusual living arrangements.

But Khloe Kardashian insisted her mother Kris’ relationship with husband Bruce Jenner is doing just fine despite the fact they live in separate houses.

In fact Khloe Kardadshian told Tonight Show host Jay Leno the arrangement is just a more extreme version of the “manroom” her NBA star husband Lamar Odom has in their home.

When Jay Leno asked if their relationship is in trouble Khloe Kardashian replied: “Well they’re not having problems but they still like to live apart, which is definitely different.

“You know Bruce and my mom, they wanted some… I, like in my house, there is a manroom for Lamar. A room not a different house.

“So I think they took my idea and ran with it and they got another house, and Bruce stays there sometimes.”

But Khloe Kardashian admits she does not approve of their unconventional living arrangements, saying: “I’m not for that.

“It’s in the same state, a different city. I’m not for that, but you know, to each their own. I don’t compare relationships

“I just think a little too much time apart maybe isn’t the best thing.”

Khloe Kardashian insisted her mother Kris' relationship with husband Bruce Jenner is doing just fine despite the fact they live in separate houses

Khloe Kardashian insisted her mother Kris’ relationship with husband Bruce Jenner is doing just fine despite the fact they live in separate houses

In an episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians on Sunday, Kris Jenner suggested she and Bruce take a break, encouraging him to spend time in a “man cave” where he’s out of sight and out of mind.

Worryingly, Bruce Jenner seemed excited by the idea of some timeout from Kris, naturally making their children worried.

However, clearly distance makes the heart grow fonder in their case as Kris seen later in the episode asking Bruce Jenner to move back in.

Khloe Kardashian added to Leno that the pair are insistent it is an arrangement that works for them.

She said: “They’re like, <<This is us, don’t judge us. We’ve been married 24 years. Blah blah blah>>.

“I’m like, <<I know people that have been married longer that still live together. Like you!>>.”

When asked why Bruce Jenner needs a whole house, Kim Kardashian said: “I have no idea and I don’t want to know.”

Khloe Kardashian, 28, was joined on the show by Kung Fu Panda 2 star Danny McBride and The Wanted.

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Jay Leno will reportedly receive a $15 million payoff as he steps down as host of NBC’s The Tonight Show months ahead of the end of his contract.

The payout is part of Jay Leno’s deal to leave The Tonight Show – which he has hosted for 22 years – before his contract expires in September 2014, making way for Jimmy Fallon as the new host.

According to the New York Daily News, the payoff – which equates to Jay Leno’s annual salary on the show – is peanuts for the comedian, who makes the biggest bucks for standup in Las Vegas.

As the shake-up was confirmed after weeks of speculation, Jay Leno told Jimmy Fallon he was “counting on” him to keep network ratings high.

In his opening monologue of Wednesday’s show Jay Leno said: “I just have one request of Jimmy. We’ve all fought, kicked and scratched to get this network up to fifth place, okay?

“Now we have to keep it there. Jimmy don’t let it slip into sixth. We’re counting on you.”

Jay Leno will reportedly receive a $15 million payoff as he steps down as host of NBC’s The Tonight Show months ahead of the end of his contract

Jay Leno will reportedly receive a $15 million payoff as he steps down as host of NBC’s The Tonight Show months ahead of the end of his contract

The replacement move, which had been anticipated for weeks, was announced yesterday and will officially take place following NBC’s broadcast of the Winter Olympics.

Jimmy Fallon will more than double his multi-million dollar salary when he takes over from outgoing host Jay Leno next year on The Tonight Show.

Industry insiders predict that Jimmy Fallon will see the $5 million he gets for fronting The Late Show boosted to $12 million when he goes head-to-head with CBS’ David Letterman and ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel in February.

Although Jimmy Fallon’s pay packet will be 3 million less than the $15 million Jay Leno takes home, it still represents a massive show of faith in Fallon, who has been working late night television for less than 5 years.

Jay Leno 62, who was temporarily removed from The Tonight Show in 2009 in favor of Conan O’Brien, had made repeated jokes about his bosses and the network in recent weeks while rumors swirled over the latest move.

But he and Jimmy Fallon, 38, presented a united front while announcing the news. They recently made a parody video set to a tune from West Side Story that lampooned their situation.

“The main difference between this and the other time is I’m part of the process. The last time the decision was made without me. I came into work one day and – you’re out,” Jay Leno said, comparing his previous ouster and now.

“This time around there really aren’t any complications like there were the last time,” he added, according to the New York Times.

“This time it feels right.”

Jay Leno also said in a press release: “Congratulations Jimmy. I hope you’re as lucky as me and hold on to the job until you’re the old guy. If you need me, I’ll be at the garage.”

The Tonight Show will be relocated from Los Angeles to New York, where the program started in 1954 when Steve Allen was its host.

Jay Leno – aside from the brief interruption when Conan O’Brien hosted the program – has been the show’s presenter since 1992.

He has routinely been tops in the ratings, even as NBC’s primetime and daytime programming has fallen off.

“I’m glad I’ve kept it No. 1,” Jay Leno said.

“When I started people said, <<Oh the only reason you’re winning is because of ‘ER>>, or <<The only reason you’re winning is because Hugh Grant came on and said that one thing>>. Well, at least now I can say the only reason we’re winning is cause we’re winning.”

After leaving, Jay Leno said he expects to be “back on the road, being a comedian again”.

Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels, who also produces Late Night, will take over as producer of the new Tonight Show.

Jimmy Fallon’s replacement at 12:35 a.m. was not named, although Seth Meyers of SNL is considered a strong candidate.

NBC is worried that ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel, whose show recently started at the 11:35 p.m. time slot, will establish himself as a go-to late night performer for a younger generation if the network didn’t move swiftly to install Jimmy Fallon.

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Jay Leno will be replaced by Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show, NBC has officially announced.

The move in February 2014, which was widely anticipated, will see the show relocate from Los Angeles to New York.

NBC also said Lorne Michaels, the renowned producer of Saturday Night Live, will produce The Tonight Show.

Jay Leno will be replaced by Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show

Jay Leno will be replaced by Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show

NBC head Steve Burke said the network was making the change while the show was at the peak of its ratings.

“Jimmy Fallon is a unique talent and this is his time,” Steve Burke said.

NBC used the same strategy when handing the show over to Jay Leno from Johnny Carson, its previous host.

Jimmy Fallon will reportedly begin on The Tonight Show during NBC’s coverage of the Winter Olympics, when the network expects to see a spike in its audience.

Correspondents say NBC executives were concerned a rival late-night show hosted by Jimmy Kimmel on the ABC network would make gains among the crucial younger audience if Jimmy Fallon’s move did not happen quickly.

This is the second time in recent years NBC has sought to replace Jay Leno, who has hosted The Tonight Show from Los Angeles since 1992.

In 2009, NBC handed the show over to Conan O’Brien, but the move backfired and the network reinstalled Jay Leno.

This time, Jay Leno has congratulated Jimmy Fallon on the promotion.

“I hope you’re as lucky as me and hold on to the job until you’re the old guy,” Jay Leno said in a statement.

“If you need me, I’ll be at the garage.”

Meanwhile, in a reference to his current show Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, which begins at 00:30 ET, Fallon said: “I’m really excited to host a show that starts today instead of tomorrow.”

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Kim Kardashian has denied Kanye West planned to name their first child North but she confessed to Jay Leno on Thursday night her affection for the name Easton West.

Kim Kardashian, 32, appeared on The Tonight Show, where she was grilled by longtime friend Jay Leno about the ups and downs of her first pregnancy and what kind of dreams she has for her unborn baby.

Jay Leno asked mid-way through the interview about the many rumors circling over what she and Kanye West will call their first born.

Kim Kardashian appeared on The Tonight Show, where she was grilled by Jay Leno about the ups and downs of her first pregnancy and what kind of dreams she has for her unborn baby

Kim Kardashian appeared on The Tonight Show, where she was grilled by Jay Leno about the ups and downs of her first pregnancy and what kind of dreams she has for her unborn baby

“We have a list,” Kim Kardashian said, adding of her family’s own tradition, “And some of them are <<K>> names some of them aren’t.”

“[North] is not on our list,” Kim Kardashian said, adding with a shy shrug: “But you know what name I do like – but it probably won’t be on [our list]… I like Easton – Easton West – I think that’s cute.”

Kim Kardashian declined to say if her suggestion meant she was having a baby boy. The couple have yet to confirm the sex although it’s been reported they’re in fact expecting a girl.

The reality star admitted to feeling “hormonal” and also took the opportunity to address fashion critics and “bullies” who’ve taken to critiquing her every wardrobe choice since she began to show.

“I think it’s a little bully-ish to call a pregnant woman fat,” Kim Kardashian said.

“I mean what do you expect? I hope I gain weight. I’m a little heavy.”

Kim Kardashian guessed she’s gained about 25 lbs over the course of the last few months (She’s due this summer).

And she said despite the criticism she’s embracing her curves, adding: “There’s just more to love right now.”

“I have the rest of my life to be skinny and to lose weight and I’m not really worrying about it. If I have a craving I’ll go for it,” the reality star acknowledged.

Kim Kardashian noted her health and the health of the baby are paramount she she’s not “overdoing it” with junk food.

But she wishes critics would quiet down with remarks about the height of her shoes and girth of her waist – at least while she’s expecting – because she feels like no matter what she does she “just can’t win”.

“I think it’s kind of mean just all the comments that I see, whether it’s, <<She’s wearing heels!>>… That makes me feel good and sexy at least being heavier so if that makes me feel good my baby will feel good,” Kim Kardashian explained.

Kim Kardashian also denied reports her manager and mother, Kris Jenner, is orchestrating any kind of deal on behalf of the baby – whom she hopes won’t grow up to follow in her footsteps chasing fame.

“My momager will not be handling anything for the baby because the baby is not hopefully not going to do anything to be in the business or have a show or do anything like that,” Kim Kardashian said, noting that she would still support her child should he or she chose to pursue a high-profile career.

Asked by Jay Leno if she planned to have any cameras documenting the private moment, Kim Kardashian admitted she’s not sure it’s something she would want captured on video and aired for millions to gawk at (She said doing just that was a “beautiful experience” for her sister Kourtney Kardashian, and the reason her sister decided to share it).

“I don’t even think will have a camcorder… I don’t even know if I would want that as a memory,” Kim Kardashian said, earning a laugh from the studio audience.

“I don’t know,” she shrugged.

“I might change my mind…”

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Jay Leno has branded the NBC executives “snakes” live on air after rumors that he is to be replaced by Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show.

An email from NBC entertainment chief Robert Greenblatt was leaked leading to rumors that Jay Leno is going to be replaced by Jimmy Fallon next year.

On Monday’s show, the day after St Patrick’s Day celebrations, Jay Leno, 62, said: “You know the whole legend of St. Patrick, right?

“St. Patrick drove all the snakes out of Ireland – and then they came to the United States and became NBC executives.

“It’s a fascinating story!”

 

Jay Leno has branded the NBC executives “snakes” live on air after rumors that he is to be replaced by Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show

Jay Leno has branded the NBC executives “snakes” live on air after rumors that he is to be replaced by Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show

Jay Leno also had fun with the fact that the network finished fifth in recent sweeps during his February 28 show.“It’s so bad, The Biggest Loser isn’t just a TV show anymore – it’s our new motto,” Jay Leno laughed, which led the furious exchange of emails with Robert Greenblatt.Jay Leno started his appearances on the show in 1987, when he became Johnny Carson’s regular substitute.

He was replaced by Conan O’Brien in 2009 and tried out his own show on the same network but when neither worked, Jay Leno returned in March 2010.

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Jay Leno jumped at the chance to enjoy a kiss with beautiful supermodel Bar Rafaeli when she appeared on his chat show on Thursday.

However, after closing his eyes to recreate Go Daddy Super Bowl advert Jay Leno got a nasty shock – when he instead found himself kissing the geeky extra.

An excited Jay Leno had told Bar Rafaeli: “Hey Bar that Go Daddy super bowl advert you did that was great it was one of my favorites.

“I was wondering, any chance we could recreate the ad?”

To which the Israeli model replied: “Sure pucker up!”

But as Jay Leno closed his eyes it wasn’t Bar Rafaeli who came forward, but the ruddy faced guy she kissed in the advert.

After closing his eyes to recreate Go Daddy Super Bowl advert Jay Leno got a nasty shock

After closing his eyes to recreate Go Daddy Super Bowl advert Jay Leno got a nasty shock

Jay Leno kissed Jesse Heiman, somewhat reluctantly, before opening his eyes and feigning shock.

On the show Bar Rafaeli said of the now infamous kiss: “He’s a very nice guy.”

Jay Leno pried: “And is he a good kisser?”

“You tell me!” dead panned Bar Rafaeli.

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Barack Obama appeared relaxed on the Jay Leno Show but gave Mitt Romney an opening when he quipped that he struggled with mathematics beyond the Seventh grade at the age of 13.

President Barack Obama was taking about helping his daughters with their maths homework when he said that “the math stuff I was fine with, up until 7th grade” but he was “pretty lost” after that.

In times of economic prosperity, the joke might have prompted hearty chuckles on both sides of the political aisle but with a $16 trillion deficit, a sputtering economy and unemployment only just under eight per cent, it was perhaps an unfortunate subject to joke about.

Barack Obama took a break from his heavy campaigning in swing states to appear on the Tonight Show Wednesday evening for an unprecedented fifth time, touching on everything from foreign policy to helping his daughters with homework.

He also joked about the origins of his rivalry with real estate billionaire Donald Trump, saying: “This all dates back to when we were growing up in Kenya. We had constant run-ins on the soccer field, he wasn’t very good.”

Donald Trump had Wednesday pledged to donate $5 million to the charity of Barack Obama’s choice if he released his college records.

Jay Leno questioned why the dislike existed between Barack Obama and Donald Trump, comparing it to the dislike between himself and CBS rival David Letterman.

Not missing a beat, Barack Obama said it dated back to their childhood rivalry in Kenya. In the past, Donald Trump was a high-profile member of the so-called “birther” movement, which professed that the president was born in Kenya and not the United States.

The end result eventually led to Barack Obama publishing his birth certificates, which confirmed, as he had always said, that he was born in Hawaii.

The president later added that he has never actually met Donald Trump.

Taking a break from levity, Jay Leno also touched on Mourdock’s controversial remarks, and referred to another Republican Senate hopeful, Todd Akin of Missouri.

Barack Obama admits he struggles with maths beyond the 7th grade on Jay Leno show

Barack Obama admits he struggles with maths beyond the 7th grade on Jay Leno show

Earlier in his campaign, Todd Akin, also an opponent of abortion, referred to “legitimate rape” when contending that women’s bodies are capable of preventing pregnancy after rape.

“Well, I don’t know how these guys come up with these ideas,” Barack Obama said.

“Let me make a very simple proposition. Rape is rape. It is a crime. And so these various distinctions about rape don’t make too much sense to me – don’t make any sense to me.”

The president continued: “This is exactly why you don’t want a bunch of politicians, mostly male, making decisions about women’s health care decisions. Women are capable of making these decisions in consultation with their partners, with their doctors.

“And for politicians to want to intrude in this stuff, oftentimes without any information, is a huge problem.

“And this is obviously part of what’s stake at this election.”

When Jay Leno asked Barack Obama if he was glad the presidential debates are over, the president responded: “You know, I was sort of getting the hang of it.”

Barack Obama, whose performance in the first debate was widely panned, said he didn’t do an effective job of energetically outlining the contrast of visions between him and Republican Mitt Romney.

Part of the problem with a debate, he said, is that it’s not a natural way of communicating – having an argument with someone as you sit next to him.

“Well, you’re married,” said Jay Leno.

The president fired back: “But the difference is, with Michelle, I just concede every point.”

Asked which team he was backing in the World Series, the Detroit Tigers or the San Francisco Giants, Barack Obama managed to get in a dig at Mitt Romney: “I will say, I’ve spent a lot of time in Detroit lately, and I didn’t want to let go Detroit go bankrupt. So in this particular World Series, I might be a little partial.”

In a final segment, Jay Leno asked the president a series of questions curated from Facebook, which the president had never seen before.

One person asked what Sasha and Malia were planning to be for Halloween. While Barack Obama said that he wasn’t sure what his daughters were planning, he did joke that, because of the election year, Michelle Obama would pass out “candy for everybody”.

Last year, Michelle Obama famously handed out fruit to trick-or-treating children at the White House.

Another person asked the president: “What is the cure for Romnesia?”

Without skipping a beat, Barack Obama responded: “Obamacare covers pre-existing conditions,” then adding, “The main cure is, make sure to vote.”

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President Barack Obama offered a clever retort to Donald Trump after the real estate mogul offered to donate $5 million to the charity of his choosing if he released college records and passport application.

Speaking on The Tonight Show, Barack Obama told Jay Leno that the rivalry between began in their childhood.

“This all dates back to when we were growing up in Kenya,” he joked.

“We had constant run-ins on the soccer field, he wasn’t very good.”

Barack Obama was referring to The Donald’s highly publicized demands that the president present his birth certificate to prove that he was born in the U.S., and therefore eligible for the presidency.

Meanwhile, Donald Trump’s long-awaited “major announcement” about Barack Obama was labeled as something of a disappointment over what was promised.

Donald Trump made his offer in a YouTube video released at noon today, two days after promising to make a “gigantic” announcement about Barack Obama which could change the course of the presidential race.

Donald Trump offered to donate $5 million to the charity if Barack Obama released college records and passport application

Donald Trump offered to donate $5 million to the charity if Barack Obama released college records and passport application

Web users reacted to the massive letdown with derision, with many taking to Twitter to mock the controversial businessman.

Donald Trump previously denied staging a publicity stunt, insisting the announcement is “not a media event”, but instead is “about the United States of America”.

A number of sensational claims about the content of the message had been swirling around the web for three days – one pundit with links to the billionaire even suggested that he was set to unearth divorce papers between Barack Obama and his wife Michelle.

However, the man himself tweeted: “All predictions re: my 12 o’clock release are totally incorrect. Stay tuned!” – and some may be disappointed by the relatively tame nature of the announcement.

Donald Trump set the hare running on Monday by claiming that he was set to make an announcement today that would be “bordering on gigantic” and that it would “possibly” change the presidential race.

But when the announcement finally came, in the form of a YouTube video and accompanying Facebook post, it was somewhat less explosive than promised.

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Tonight will see the debut of the hotly anticipated Dallas reboot, 21 years after the original show ended.

So the cast of the new version yesterday got the opportunity to quite literally ring in their show at the New York Stock Exchange.

Josh Henderson, Jordana Brewster, Julie Gonzalo and Jesse Metcalfe were given the prestigious honor of ringing the bell to open up trading on Wall Street.

Jordana Brewster and Julie Gonzalo looked glamorous as they posed up together before heading to the podium where they joined their male co-stars Josh Henderson, 30, and Jesse Metcalfe, 33, to ring the opening bell.

Jordana Brewster, 32, opted for a color block outfit, tucking a red blouse into coral shorts and topping off her look with a white blazer and tan wedges.

The cast of the new version of Dallas yesterday got the opportunity to quite literally ring in their show at the New York Stock Exchange

The cast of the new version of Dallas yesterday got the opportunity to quite literally ring in their show at the New York Stock Exchange

Meanwhile, Julie Gonzalo, 30, chose a monochrome ensemble and sported a white shirt dress which boasted a black belt and collar with a pair of black peep toe shoe boots.

As the younger generation drummed up excitement for their new series, the original cast-members of the hit show were appearing on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray, who also star in the new series, all took to Jay Leno’s sofa to promote the return of the Texan-set TV drama.

It seems that the surviving original cast are just as excited about the return of the show as the younger set are to join the ranks.

Although the new edition is regularly described as a reboot, Patrick Duffy, 63, has said that the correct term for the new series should be a “continuation”.

The plot will still centre on the Ewing family, in particular John Ross Ewing III who is the son of JR and Sue Ellen, and Christopher Ewing, the adopted son of Bobby and Pam.

Dallas premieres in the US on TNT on June 13.

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