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Goodbye to Leno is also hello to something better

Published Thu, Feb 6, 2014 · 10:00 PM
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[WASHINGTON] If you feel an anti-climactic sense of been there/done that about a certain late night talk show host surrendering his desk last night, imagine how the TV critic feels. Or just imagine how America feels - the America that still watches television on television, that is.

Whatever appreciative or insightful words one can muster for Jay Leno's second farewell from NBC's The Tonight Show were pretty much the same words one might have written when Leno left the first time, in 2009.

But that's how the millennials feel about Generation X, and it's how Generation X feels about the baby boomers: It's crowded in here. You're taking my job from me! (Yeah, well, you're an obstacle to my dreams!) Take a number! (I took a number! They never called it!) Politely sending Leno on his way is like trying to come up with another wedding toast for someone who keeps getting married, or a grocery-store sheet cake for the departing employee who keeps getting rehired as a contractor, or the meaningful eulogy for someone who burst out of the coffin once and might darn well do it again. (Like Leno, I stretch any quip as far as it'll go.)

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