Today in TV history: Jay Leno takes over as Tonight Show host

jay leno tonight showOn May 25, 1992, Jay Leno premiered as the host of The Tonight Show, taking over after Johnny Carson’s retirement. But his first appearance on the show was 15 years earlier, in 1977 (see below). Look at all that dark, shaggy hair!

Jay Leno’s first stand-up appearance on The Tonight Show (March 2, 1977)

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