The time has come to (once again) say goodbye to Jay Leno as 'The Tonight Show' host. It truly marks the end of an era for late night television. But before he passes on the reigns to his successor Jimmy Fallon, the folks over at CNN want to pay tribute to Leno's long-standing hosting career.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the network will launch a special 'Jay Leno: Mr. Comedy,' highlighting Leno's "amazing life and successes," with CNN's Nischelle Turner serving as the host.
This 30-minute program will take a look back at Leno's impressive career, beginning in the 1970s when he was just starting out in comedy clubs, continuing all the way through to his very first television debut in the '80s, and ending with his takeover of 'The Tonight Show' in the '90s and the many challenges that came with stepping into Johnny Carson's late night shoes.
The special will debut Friday, Jan. 31 at 10/9c, one week before Leno passes the torch to Fallon. CNN also plans to re-air the half hour clip on Saturday, Feb. 1 at 7:30/6:30c.
Leno's takes his final 'Tonight Show' bow on Thursday, Feb. 6, with the host welcoming his final guest Billy Crystal, who was actually his first interviewee on the show back in 1992.
'Jay Leno: Mr. Comedy' airs Friday, Jan. 31 at 10/9c on CNN.