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Jay Leno Subs in for Jimmy Fallon During 'Tonight Show' Monologue

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By    |   Wednesday, 07 Oct 2015 12:05 PM

Jay Leno made a rousing return to "The Tonight Show" on Tuesday, subbing in for current host Jimmy Fallon during the monologue after Fallon jokingly "pulled a hamstring" at the beginning of the segment.

After extended applause from the studio audience, Leno didn't skip a beat, jumping into a series of political jokes that included digs at Republican candidates Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, and Donald Trump, as well as some barbs aimed at Democrats Hillary Clinton, Mark O'Malley, and Bernie Sanders.

"The election is getting nasty," Leno said. "Ralph Nader called Hillary a corporatist and a militarist. Isn't that incredible . . . Ralph Nader still alive."

He added that, if Sanders were elected, he would become the first socialist president "since 2008."

Leno finished the monologue off with a hilarious Rodney Dangerfield-esque run of "The economy is so bad" jokes, with Fallon adding in a few zingers of his own at the end.

"The economy in California is so bad, parents in Beverly Hills are being forced to raise their own children, that never happens," Leno said. "It is so bad in Seattle, I saw a guy panhandling just to pay for his Starbucks."

Leno, who retired from "The Tonight Show" in 2014, officially showed up Tuesday to talk about his new show, "Jay Leno's Garage," which will premiere on CNBC Wednesday night at 10 p.m. EST, according to Deadline.com.

While Leno was promoting his CNBC show earlier this year, the former late night talk show host said he has always been loyal to NBC despite a long and sometimes rocky history.

"NBC has been trying to kill me for years," Leno said in an earlier episode of "Jay Leno's Garage." "I've been with NBC my whole career . . . I really like being here, I like being part of a family, a continuing history . . . I've still got my first car I bought in Los Angeles. I'm still on my first wife. I like progress — it's change I don't like."

Leno hosted "The Tonight Show" from 1992 to 2009, according to the New York Post, and then returned in 2010 after current TBS late night host Conan O'Brien briefly took over the time slot.



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