Jay Leno’s Last ‘Tonight Show,’ Take Two: Stars, and a few tears | Variety: "Leno’s apparent emotional health and single-minded devotion to performing — harboring a struggling standup comic’s mentality and work ethic, even at the pinnacle of his career — may have made him less interesting than some of latenight’s other personalities and his comedy contemporaries (Letterman among them). Yet his aw-shucks demeanor — despite getting a second shove toward the door while sitting atop the latenight ratings — both appears to have served him well and simultaneously made this baton pass seem less momentous. It also made his show of emotion as surprising as it was touching."
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I don't really get the hatred of Leno. There seems to be a lot of it.