Kevin Eubanks says good-bye to 'The Tonight Show'


Kevin Eubanks began his final night on The Tonight Show pretty much like any other in his 18 years as Jay Leno's sideman: Sitting back in his chair, strumming his electric guitar, a placid smile plastered on his face. After Leno played one of his trademark putting-my-face-on-someone-else's-body jokes - this time as a rowdy fan at a recent Lakers game - Eubanks even managed to play along with the gag, however halfheartedly: 'Wow, man, ' he mumbled to the host, 'I didn't know you were into basketball. That's wild. ' And when Leno finally mentioned it was Eubanks' last show, he did it to set up another joke about Venus Williams flashing the crowd at the French Open. 'Kev is leaving to pursue his true passion, ' smirked Leno, 'following the Williams sisters on the tennis tour. ' (For the record, Leno did later note that Eubanks is actually leaving to pursue a music career and help Los Angeles high school students participate in music programs.)


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