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President Obama visits Leno, jokes about Trump, gets serious about Richard Mourdock -- VIDEO

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President Barack Obama made his fifth appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno tonight. After a lighthearted chat about the MLB World Series and Air Force One, the conversation took a more serious turn over half-way in when discussing women’s health care rights.

Obama, who was fresh-faced despite traveling 5,300 miles in one day, addressed his underwhelming performance during the first presidential debate, crediting his low energy and poor presentation skills for the upset. He also made an effort to crack jokes throughout the night. When Jay compared the debate to his conversations with the First Lady, Obama pointed out a significant difference: “With Michelle, I just concede every point. That’s why we celebrated our 20th anniversary.” READ FULL STORY

At long last, David Letterman to appear on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'

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Jimmy Kimmel might just be David Letterman’s biggest fan.

“I’d draw Dave’s face on every book cover. I was like a teenage girl in love with him,” Kimmel told The Hollywood Reporter, speaking of his childhood admiration for the late-night host. Well, now that infatuation has finally come to fruition – Letterman has agreed to appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Kimmel’s own late-night talk show will broadcast from the Brooklyn Academy of Music from Oct. 29 to Nov. 2, and Letterman – who turned down an invitation to be Kimmel’s first guest – will join Stephen Colbert, John Stewart, and others opposite Kimmel. Musical acts for the week’s Brooklyn run include Alicia Keys, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, and the Avett Brothers.

Of course, it’s nothing new for talk show hosts to appear on each others’ shows. In fact, the world of late-night comedy shows seems like a cozy little town populated by a few marginally handsome men with penchants for self-deprecation. So in light of this news, here are five great show-hopping moments in late-night TV.


Rebel Wilson sings, freaks out Bryan Cranston on 'The Tonight Show' -- VIDEO

In case you weren’t aware, we at EW are just a little excited about Pitch Perfect, the college a cappella comedy that’s out in wide release this Friday. For weeks, we’ve been releasing exclusive videos from the film — and last weekend, our own Lanford Beard declared a limited-release screening of PP to be “aca-mazing.” (That’s a reference to the movie, not a cutesy neologism we made up.)

And if you watch the following video of Pitch Perfect star Rebel Wilson recreating her audition for the film, you might understand why we’re so pumped. The Bridesmaids actress started by warming up, shaking her hands and then cupping her, uh, boobular area — “A lot of people sing from their chest voice,” she explained, “and I sing from my breast voice. It’s a new thing that I do.” Then she performed a rendition of Lady Gaga’s “Edge of Glory” that starts small but ends huge — by the last note, fellow Tonight Show guest Bryan Cranston is forced to cower or face getting hit by one of Wilson’s shoes. Edge of glory, or edge of sanity? Either way, we’re on board:


Ann Romney on 'Tonight Show': Mitt 'is a guy that I know cares' -- VIDEO

Making her first late-night talk show appearance, Ann Romney stopped by The Tonight Show with Jay Leno last night. Unfortunately, there wasn’t any Beyoncé love, but there was plenty of talk about Mitt.

The wife of Gov. Mitt Romney seemed a bit nervous for her big debut, but Leno guided her through her remarks, as she first spoke about the emergency landing her plane had to make last week. Leno asked her about Romney’s odd-seeming comment,”[airplane] windows don’t open. I don’t know why they don’t do that.” The audience laughed, but Mrs. Romney just said that of course he didn’t mean it seriously, and that was just his was of showing that he was worried and he cared.

Romney Cares! could easily have been the theme of the interview. Beyond the airplane comments, Mrs. Romney emphasized how much her husband cares about America — particularly needed in light of Romney’s now-infamous “47 percent comment” caught on video. Asked specifically about the tape, Ann said, “This is  a guy that I know cares. …We care about the 100 percent,” and “There are two things [I know]: He cares, and he’s competent.” READ FULL STORY

Tom Hanks and Jay Leno remember Michael Clarke Duncan -- VIDEO

“For of all sad words of tongue or pen,
The saddest are these: ‘It might have been!'”

Jay Leno quoted this moving couplet from John Greenleaf Whittier’s Maud Muller at Michael Clarke Duncan’s memorial service yesterday, getting choked up as he pondered what the Academy Award-nominated actor might have experienced if he hadn’t passed away on Sept. 3.

Leno wasn’t the only star who turned out to remember Duncan — according to People, Bones and The Finder creator Hart Hanson, The Green Mile author Stephen King, Holly Robinson Peete, David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, and Duncan’s Green Mile costar Tom Hanks were also among the mourners.

Even though the occasion was incredibly sad, speakers threw in a few bits of levity here and there.  READ FULL STORY

EW Poll: Does taking a pay cut redeem Jay Leno?

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In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, NBC officials confirmed reports that Tonight Show host Jay Leno took a 50 percent pay cut last month. The move was part of a highly-publicized downsizing that cut the show’s $100 million budget by 20 percent. In addition to Leno’s salary decrease (he now makes about $15 million a year), the cost-cutting included 20 layoffs.

In the WSJ story, NBC entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt said the show’sbudget increased by “tens of millions” of dollars when it moved to the ill-fated 10 p.m. primetime slot in 2009.  The current shakeups are the result of reverting the budget back to its original late-night numbers.

Leno, who still garners more viewers than younger competitors such as Jimmy Kimmel and Jon Stewart, has voiced his frustration during the show’s opening monologues: “Welcome to The Tonight Show, or as Comcast calls us, The Expendables!… We’ve consistently been No. 1 in the ratings. And if you know anything about our network, that kind of thing is frowned upon.”

Is Leno still an overpaid fat cat? Or does this sizable pay cut show — which likely helped keep a few staffers on the payroll — that the guy’s a mensch after all?  Cast your vote now! READ FULL STORY

Leno jokes about downsizing: 'We've been taken over by Bain Capital' -- VIDEO

“Welcome to The Tonight Show — or, as Comcast calls us, The Expendables!” That’s how Jay Leno opened his monologue last night, just days after the show laid off 20 staffers.

All things considered, Leno seems to be taking the cuts fairly well — even though his $30 million paycheck was also slashed. “As you may have heard, our parent company has downsized The Tonight Show,” the host continued. “And we’ve consistently been number one in the ratings, and if you know anything about our network, that kind of thing is frowned upon.” Sounds like Liz Lemon may be an uncredited guest writer.

Leno went on to make cracks about the program being “taken over by Bain Capital” and waking up “with a peacock head in my bed.” It was all in good fun… provided you’re not one of the people who just lost their jobs. See Leno’s monologue for yourself below.


Kelsey Grammer: I was snubbed for an Emmy because I'm a Republican

Kelsey Grammer won this year’s Golden Globe for Best Actor for his starring role in Boss, the Starz drama about a ruthless Chicago mayor, so you might be wondering why the Emmys failed to even nominate him. Jay Leno wondered, so he asked Grammer what he thought of the slight when the actor visited The Tonight Show last night. “It may have to do with several things, honestly, but I think it’s possible… I mean, I am a… I’m a declared out of the closet Republican in Hollywood,” said Grammer. He went on to say, “Do I believe it’s possible that some young person, young voting actor — or even older voting member for the Emmys — would sit there and go, ‘Yeah, that’s a great performance, but ooooooooooooh, I just hate everything he stands for?’ [Cue sarcasm.] I don’t believe that’s possible.” Watch below:


Gabby Douglas and Michelle Obama talk healthy eating -- and McDonald's -- on Leno

On Monday night, Jay Leno’s couch welcomed a pair of American icons: First Lady Michelle Obama and Flying Squirrel Gabby Douglas, a certified Olympic stud in an appropriately gold skirt. One has dedicated the past three and a half years to getting the nation’s kids moving; the other proves what’s possible for someone who embraces an active lifestyle. But even superheroes have their weaknesses. Before detailing her strict training diet (acorns protein, protein, and more protein), Douglas admitted to The Chin that she did “splurge” on a single Egg McMuffin once the competition in London was over. That’s when Obama leaned over and said, “You’re setting me back, Gabby.”

See the cholesterol-filled exchange below — and stick around to learn what Kate Middleton admires about Team USA, how a homesick Douglas got through her lowest moment, and whether the gymnast intends to compete in the 2016 Rio Games. (Joked Leno: “Only four years until your next Egg McMuffin!”)


Katy Perry explains to Jay Leno why her divorce is a big 'Part of Me'

Though Katy Perry has previously discussed her divorce from comedian Russell Brand, the “Firework” singer explained to Jay Leno last night why she’s not shying away from it in her upcoming concert film, Katy Perry: Part of Me.

A purple-haired Perry told Leno that she wanted to give fans an honest look at life on the road in her movie — even if it meant documenting her personal turmoil. Brand announced he was filing for divorce from Perry, who was on a world tour for much of 2011, last December. “It wasn’t always exciting to watch those unflattering scenes where I’m crying and having an intense moment,” Perry said. “But I think that people will relate to the movie even more seeing me at my lowest point and now at my highest point.”

Watch a clip below.


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