White House press secretary Jay Carney had some nice parting words for Jay Leno ahead of tonight’s taping of the final Tonight Show With Jay Leno. It’s fitting because Carney’s boss was the first sitting president to appear in late-night. In total President Obama visited Leno’s couch six times, the last in August that marked the show’s best ratings (3.8/10) since his last appearance in October 2012. That stint garnered the best Wednesday numbers for Leno since he returned to the show — until last night’s episode during this final week.
“[Obama] is a fan and he has enjoyed his times on the set with Jay Leno,” Carney said in response to a question during his daily press conference. “And it’s just the end of an era I think for a lot of folks who have watched him on the Tonight Show over all these years. So the President wishes him well. We all do. And like I said, we’ve enjoyed — I’ve enjoyed being with the President in the times he has been out there. And I know he has enjoyed the experience.”
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