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Obama talks al Qaeda, Trayvon Martin, Edward Snowden on 'Leno' -- VIDEO

President Obama’s sixth appearance on The Tonight Show yesterday saw the Commander-in-Chief covering a variety of topics, from goofy stuff like his bromance with John McCain — “That’s how a classic romantic comedy goes; initially, you’re not getting along, and then you keep bumping into each other…” — to a trifecta of heavy topical issues: a recent spate of embassy closures across the Middle East and North Africa, the NSA and Edward Snowden, and Trayvon Martin.

The conversation began lightheartedly enough, with Jay Leno asking Obama about his recent birthday party and whether Michelle teases his graying hair. Leno then seamlessly steered the conversation toward this weekend’s embassy closures, which came in the wake of a terrorist threat that seems to have originated from al Qaeda. The threat was “significant enough that we’re taking every precaution,” Obama noted, adding that though progress has been made, “this radical, violent extremism is still out there, and we’ve got to stay on top of it.”

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Adam Sandler's sage advice to Jay Leno: 'Go to Fox!' -- VIDEO

NBC’s coming late-night shakeup affects three-fourths of the the network’s post-11:30 p.m. programming. (Enjoy stability while it lasts, Last Call with Carson Daly.) Saturday Night Live has to find a new Weekend Update anchor… because Seth Meyers is moving to host Late Night… because Jimmy Fallon is moving to host The Tonight Show… because Jay Leno is getting forced out, just three years after NBC reinstated him as Tonight‘s host. Phew!

So while everyone else at the network is movin’ on up, what should Jay’s next move be?

His pal Adam Sandler — who stopped by last night to talk Grown Ups 2 The Streets — has a few ideas. Namely: “Don’t you think he should just take it easy, enjoy, breathe… maybe go to Fox, do a show at 11:00?” he asked Tonight‘s audience, to cheers and applause. Leno laughed off the suggestion genially, as is his wont — but you’ve got to wonder if he might consider it seriously come 2014.

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Nick Offerman sings a song for Megan Mullally -- VIDEO

Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally have sung together before (warning: NSFW), but last night on The Tonight Show, Offerman played a “Rainbow Song” he wrote for his wife. He’s performed it before, but this version is a little dirtier. As he went through the colors of the rainbow he sang, “You put me on trial and gave me life, but orange you glad I didn’t say banana, when you made me your b–h and I made you my wife.” Later he continued, “Please enjoy this rainbow song and this gift of leprechaun romance. Please enjoy as part of this well-balanced breakfast the lucky charms you will find in my pants.”  By the time he called her “my jaw-droppingly beautiful wife,” we were all in love with both of them.

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Jay Leno to CBS: Give Craig Ferguson a house band, you 'cheap bastards' -- VIDEO

You don’t want to bite the hand that feeds you — a lesson that Craig Ferguson laid out for Jay Leno last night when Ferguson was a guest on The Tonight Show.

The two men were discussing a recent incident where an air conditioner unit at The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson began to leak, forcing staff to move part of the audience onto the stage where the band would typically play — if they had a band. Ferguson explained that that wasn’t a huge problem because they can’t afford a house band. Leno — who obviously has had his own problems with network heads — told Ferguson he had to stick up for himself. “You’ve got the No. 1 network – you think these cheap bastards would give you a band,” Leno half-joked. “You tell [CBS president] Les Moonves to give you a band!”

Ferguson, however, insisted he didn’t want to get involved. “If they don’t know who you are, they can’t fire you!” he explained to a laughing Leno.

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Matt Lauer to Jay Leno: 'I am not a guy who complains' -- VIDEO

There’s only one veteran TV personality who might really know what Matt Lauer’s been going through since Ann Curry’s dramatic ousting from the Today show: Jay Leno, who’s been the subject of vitriol and derision basically since the day NBC picked him to host Today‘s late-night counterpart. (The height of it probably came during the Great Conan Disaster of 2010, the sequel to Leno and David Letterman’s original Late Night Wars over who would replace Johnny Carson.)

It’s no surprise, then, to learn that Lauer and Leno are good pals — and it’s doubly unsurprising that when the former stopped by the latter’s show last night, their conversation barely touched upon the beating Lauer’s been taking since Curry got axed.

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Late Night Wars redux: Who will you watch at 11:30? -- VOTE

Less than one year from now, Jimmy Fallon will inherit late night TV’s most highly-coveted showcase: The Tonight Show.

Though the road to yesterday’s official announcement was a bumpy one — ousted host Jay Leno’s been joking about being knifed in the back by the snakes at NBC for weeks — the dust now seems to have cleared. Everyone from ABC rival Jimmy Kimmel to ex-Tonight Show host Conan O’Brien has issued congratulations to Fallon, a performer who seems to personify amiability. Even Leno tempered his barbs last night, calling Fallon “a hell of a guy” and saying that he’ll do “a great job.”

So now that the succession plan is settled, we can start to focus on what’s really important: which guy we’ll be watching come February 2014.  READ FULL STORY

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Seth Meyers to replace Jimmy Fallon? Meh. How about one of these funny ladies instead?

Don’t get us wrong — we’ve got no beef with Seth Meyers. His wry delivery is perfect for Saturday Night Live‘s Weekend Update, and he’s written plenty of classic sketches, including last fall’s masterful Louie/Lincoln parody.

But when word broke that NBC will supposedly bring in Meyers to host Late Night once Jimmy Fallon decamps for The Tonight Show, we couldn’t help meeting the news with a noncommittal shrug. Sure, he’d be a fine man for the job, and God knows SNL could use some new blood in its writers room. At the same time, though, wouldn’t it be nice if NBC didn’t pick a man to do this job?

While cable has its share of female-fronted late night talk shows — E!’s Chelsea Lately, Bravo’s Kathy, MTV’s fledgling Nikki & Sara Live – the networks haven’t featured a lady late night host since The Wanda Sykes Show crashed and burned on Fox in 2010. Among the Big Three networks alone, the record is even worse; there’s never been a late night chat show hosted solely by a woman on ABC, NBC, or CBS, though Joy Behar was one of The Midnight Hour‘s rotating hosts in 1990.

Simply put, that is ridiculous. And here are 10 funny women we’d like to see make history in Jimmy Fallon’s old seat.

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Jimmy Fallon addresses 'Tonight Show' rumors -- VIDEO

To hear Jay Leno tell it, the network he’s called home for more than two decades is “extinct,” his bosses are “snakes,” and those ratings that are oh-so-terrible? “A 28-year-old woman from Serbia has a rare brain condition where she sees everything upside down. The good news? … She thinks NBC is at the top of the ratings.”

But in Jimmy Fallon’s world, the possibility that he’ll take over the network’s late-night crown jewel has him imagining a whole other possibility. Watch below:

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Jay Leno dings NBC again on 'Tonight Show,' calls execs 'snakes' -- VIDEO

Who’d have guessed that the spirit of Liz Lemon would live on… in Jay Leno?

In late February, the Tonight Show host channeled 30 Rock‘s main character — who never lost an opportunity to bite the hand that fed her — by joking about NBC’s slumping ratings. NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt was so incensed at the joke — “It’s so bad, NBC called Manti Te’o and asked him to bring in some imaginary viewers” — that he reportedly sent an email of complaint to Leno.

But apparently, Leno wasn’t cowed by Greenblatt’s note. In last night’s monologue, the comedian took another swipe at the network during a joke about St. Patrick’s Day: “You know the whole legend of St. Patrick, right? St. Patrick drove all the snakes out of Ireland, and then they came into the United States and became NBC executives.”

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