The Best And Worst Guests On The Tonight Show With Jay Leno

The Tonight Show has featured numerous hosts over the years, including Johnny Carson, Jack Paar, and Jimmy Fallon, and one of the most memorable was Jay Leno. He hosted the late-night talk show from May 25, 1992, to February 6, 2014, and interviewed thousands of popular guests from the entertainment industry.

Leno was constantly outdoing his competitors, such as David Letterman and Conan O’Brien, in ratings wit his witty jokes and outlandish guests. Leno certainly had favorite celebrities on the show, but also had a few who he couldn’t stand. Keep reading to reminisce about the most iconic guests from The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Bobcat Goldthwait Set His Chair On Fire

Jay Leno’s interview with comedian Bobcat Goldthwait took place on May 9, 1994, and came with a completely unexpected outcome. The comic purposely set his guest chair on fire in protest of the cancellation of The Arsenio Hall Show.

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Goldthwait was later fined over $3,000 to cover the cost of the damage to the chair and was required to make several public service announcements about fire safety. Fans of the show thought Goldthwait had been banished from appearing on The Tonight Show, but Leno brought him back a week later.