Jay Leno chokes up during 'Tonight' farewell, calling gig the 'greatest 22 years of my life'

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Posted: Thursday, February 6, 2014 12:00 am | Updated: 2:10 pm, Thu Jun 5, 2014.

BURBANK, Calif. (AP) — Jay Leno has said goodbye to “The Tonight Show” before, but not like this. The comedian became tearful and choked up Thursday as he concluded what he called the “greatest 22 years of my life.”

“I am the luckiest guy in the world. This is tricky,” said the emotional Leno, stepping down for the second and presumably last time as host of TV’s venerable late-night program. Jimmy Fallon takes over “Tonight” in New York on Feb. 17.

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