Leno's leaving 'The Tonight Show' before his contract is up .... with a nice payout

It's time for Jay Leno to bid farewell to "The Tonight Show." Again.NBC famously moved the comedian out of his late weeknight slot once before, believing the time was right then for a change ... and also not wanting to lose another of its then-talents, Conan O'Brien, who was given the show.Leno eventually returned, but the departure scenario will be repeated as he leaves "Tonight" a second time Thursday, Feb. 6, paving the way for Jimmy Fallon to become the host on Feb. 17 (and for the show to move from Los Angeles back to New York, where Fallon is based).Leno's "Tonight" tenure often has been marked by conversation about more than his performance on the program. Right up to the end, though, NBC has been happy to trumpet that "Tonight" -- along with "Late Night," which Fallon is leaving (and leaving to fellow "Saturday Night Live" veteran Seth Meyers) to move up an hour...



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