Jay Leno's first guests include Sarah Palin, Simon Cowell and the cast of 'Jersey Shore'

Sarah Palin and Simon Cowell are among the first guests who have agreed to appear on The Tonight Show when Jay Leno returns on March 1. His first night back isn’t particularly star-powered: He’ll have Jamie Foxx and Olympic Gold medal skier Lindsey Vonn on the couch, with a musical performance by Brad Paisley. But on Tuesday, Leno is sure to get the eyeballs with an appearance from Palin, who will be joined by Olympic Gold medal snowboarder Shaun White. On March 3, the cast of MTV’s Jersey Shore will help with Leno’s Jaywalk All-Stars segment while Chelsea Handler and speed skater Apolo Ohno will chat with Leno. On March 4, Matthew McConaughey and Jason Reitman will drop by, followed by Morgan Freeman on March 5 and Cowell on March 8. Joan Jett and The Blackhearts will perform March 9, and Kristen Stewart will appear March 10. Other guests include Dana Carvey on March 11 and Judd Apatow on March 12.

For more on Leno’s return to The Tonight Show:
Jay Leno’s Tonight Show promo: Did you see it?
Kevin Eubanks out of The Tonight Show; more changes coming?

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  • Jason Tab

    Thats a pretty weak lineup. Palin on Leno…I dont know who to revile more.

    • lf

      Yeah! Leno’s back :) Palin stinks, but yeah, Leno’s back where he belongs.

      • jl

        Dana Carvey though????

      • You Lie

        1. A tea baggin violent terrorist slammed a plane into a government building in Austin Texas.

        2. Sarah Palin is the defacto leader of the tea baggin violent terrorist movement.

        3. Jay Leno palls around with tea baggin violent terrorists and their leaders.

        BOYCOTT JAY LENO!

      • eman ruoy

        Ha. Dana Carvey hasn’t been relevant since President George Bush Sr. Was in office!

  • Bobby’s Robot

    Wow, it’s like they’re daring us to watch. That sounds excruciating.

    • Matt

      I don’t know, American Gold medalists are great guests to have on the week after the olympics, and I must say, seeing Jersey Shore help out with Jay Walking will be hilarious (and with Chelsea on the same show, how much do you think she will rip apart Jersey Shore?) But Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and Dana Carvey? What decade are we in? Shocked Kristen Stewart isn’t on the same day as Joan Jett, that just doesn’t make sense.

      • ej

        funny Joan Jett and the Blackhearts will be the only episode I’ll be watching..so to each his own I guess

      • nursesdate

        I love Jay, way better than DAve, firemendate

  • Fred

    interesting. there are a few desperate choices. they have no shame.

  • skiiboski

    Q: Palin, Cowell, and Jersey Shore.

    A: What are people who “ho” themselves for a living, Alec?

    • chewy

      A: What are ruthless self-promoters, Alex?

    • Ambient Lite

      A. What are 6 stupid, crabby, and/or orange reasons I DIDN’T need to avoid watching Leno, Alex?

      • Felix

        Stop saying they are orange. They are not. They are burnt sienna.

      • Ambient Lite

        Oh, so fancy with the BIG box of crayons, eh Felix? ;)

      • quagmire

        Nice “Alf” reference from Felix.

      • Felix

        My box is huuuge! I’d be willing to share with you if you promise to color outside the lines.

        wrt orange – I hate orange. Fruit. Color. I even hate orangutans twice. Once for their color and twice because their name comes sooo close.

      • Marie Calinder’s

        Yet Leno is all evil.

      • Charlie

        A: What are various stereotypes, Alex?

      • David

        What are correct stereotypes Alex.

  • scrabblequeenbee

    Nothing that I will stay up to watch.
    Have the big stars put Leno on a blacklist?

    • Nshi

      Please delete your racist comment.

      • Travis
      • Holly

        I agree – “big” implies Italian-Americans eat too much.

      • Brigid

        OMG, please tell me you’re being sarcastic!

      • HC

        There is nothing racist about that comment.

      • What?

        Racist comment? Are you stupid?

      • CDT

        The definition of “blacklist” from the Princeton University website: to banish or cause to be boycotted; a list of people who are out of favor.

      • Nshi

        And why is that? Huh?? The origins of that word are horrible. Same on all of you for not seeing that and hating the messenger!

      • Von Raschke’s Claw

        Seriously Nshi, have you ever even read a book? What is your message? If your point is to prove that eating paint chips as a child affects a person’s IQ, your point has been proved.

      • Rock Golf

        Yeah this is clearly racist! It’s obvious black letter law.

        Oops! Gosh I hope this doesn’t mean I get a black mark.

        D’oh! Sorry for the patently offensive racial spewing I’ve been suffering from blackouts.

        AAAAAAARRRRRGGGHHHH!

      • Nshi

        very wise words coming from a person whose username comes from the dumbest wrestling move. EVER! As I say below, my “you’re welcome” will be said in a coupld of decades when words like that will be exposed as racist.

      • Von Raschke’s Claw

        Oh no, you insulted my username, and I thought I had chosen one that was completely fool proof. I was wrong.

      • Nshi

        Wow, you are bad at sarcasm as you are with choosing a username.

      • Srant Rye

        Nshi, why dont you open your slant eyes and see that black list is not as racist as this post…

      • Von Raschke’s Claw

        Now I really wish I had chosen Yukon Eric’s Ear!
        Whoa, you really are bad at having an IQ.

      • Nshi

        Great, I’m being insulted by a person whose entire world view is seen through WWF glasses.

      • Von Raschke’s Claw

        You do make it easy, so thanks.

      • Srant Rye

        It is WWE not WWF you so stupid srant rye nshi…

      • Hello

        lmao i’ve actually posted the top part of these comments onto my facebook, from scrabblequeenbee to RockGolf. Nshi’s stupidity is astounding, people will be laughing quite a bit.

      • Nshi

        So all I have to do is google some of this and find out who you are, Hello? Great, you’ll be getting my complaint for copyright infringement.

      • Jeff

        Nshi probably writes bad checks so her/his bank account won’t be rascist.

      • Jeff

        “racist” I gotta start proofreading.

      • Google It Already

        The origin of the word (if you are going to threaten people with Google, how about using it! Wikipedia anyone?)
        According to the Henry Holt Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins the word “blacklist” originated with a list England’s King Charles II made of fifty-eight judges and court officers who sentenced his father, Charles I, to death in 1649. When Charles II was restored to the throne in 1660, thirteen of these regicides were executed and twenty-five sentenced to life imprisonment, while others escaped.

      • Jay

        Nshi, you are a menial, little fool. The comment wasn’t meant in a racist context. Enjoy your pathetic, meaningless life where you sit behind a keyboard and try to pull everyone in to your moronic squabbles.

        Moron – A person who is notably stupid or lacking in good judgment.
        (Just in case you weren’t familiar with the term.)

    • Tricia

      We could only hope. I fear too many of them lack that dignity.

    • Brian

      ‘Blacklist’ isn’t a racist word. And comments can’t be deleted.

      • Nshi

        Comments can be deleted you boob! Learn how to navigate a site before you criticize.

      • ok

        Nshi, grow up, blacklisted is not a racist word. Damn, you are dumb.

      • HC

        Nshi, maybe you should learn what “blacklist” means before you accuse other people of being racist. Dumbass.

      • Nshi

        Look up “blacklist” in the dictionery: “a darogatory comment against African-Amercans.” Read once in a wile, you idiots. You are all probably Amercans, so stupid.

      • Nshi

        TROLL!! I did not say that.

      • Gretchen

        Nshi, please get educated before posting. Learn how to spell dictionAry and then use that tool to help look up what blacklist means. Then you can use this thing called an encyclopedia to look up its origins. You can also visit this place called a library where they would be more than help you in your quest to overcome your stupidity.

    • Big Walt

      Blacklist – a list of persons who (like African-Americans) are disapproved of or are to be punished or boycotted.

      See, it is racist.

    • t

      If Blacklist is racist then we need to think of a new name for whiteout.

      • Jay

        Awesome.

    • DJ

      Don’t whitewash it.

  • Frank

    Olympic stars are contractually obligated to do promotion on NBC shows. They’re not there because they love, watch or, given their age, have probably ever heard of Jay Leno.

    • Sara

      Interesting. Thanks.

    • Artie

      Yet another reason we need to go back to the pre-professional athlete Olympics.

    • Ken

      really, then why is Shaun White on Letterman tonight?

      • dave

        I’m not sure what contract any of the olympians could have signed that would have obligated them to do any kind of NBC shows.

      • Frank

        I did not say they’re exclusive to NBC. They are obligated to do promotion on NBC if requested. Both on morning news shows like Today, etc as well as entertainment programming such as Leno.

    • james

      Where is the proof of this? I don’t buy that…not saying its not true, but you just can’t throw that out there w/ no backup. That makes no sense.

    • MadKrunk

      Dubious.

  • Holly

    Joan Jett and the Blackhearts? What, wasn’t Huey Lewis and the News available?

    • Rob

      Maybe he can get Air Supply for next week!

      • Bobtruth

        I’m holding out for KC and the Sunshine Band!!!

    • Ambient Lite

      They’re promoting “The Runaways”.

    • Bobtruth

      Please delete your racist comment. Gotta be PC, don’t ya know.

      • Nshi

        Thank you! I was just about to request deletion of this comment.

      • Von Raschke’s Claw

        Nshi, are you a special kind of stupid, or just especially stupid?

      • Nshi

        I’m the kind of stupid that takes decades for the populace to understand. I’ll say “you’re welcome” then.

      • Von Raschke’s Claw

        So basically you are trying to start your own idiocracy. I agree with you however, it’ll take decades to understand how truly stupid you are.

      • Nshi

        Insults come easy when we know we are in the wrong. I forgive you.

      • Von Raschke’s Claw

        Insults come easy when the target is so stupid. I laugh at you.

      • Nshi

        I still forgive you.

      • Lala

        Nshi – Blacklist is a commonly used word, and has been for a long time without any racial undertones. The Hollywood Blacklist, for example, during the McCarthy era. Are you going to write to every single American history book publisher and historian and tell them to change that name? Yeah, I thought so.

      • Von Raschke’s Claw

        Don’t bother Lala, reason and intellect have no bearing with such willful stupidity.

      • Nshi

        Was that hard to make the N word fall out of favor? Yeah, I thought so.

      • Von Raschke’s Claw

        Nincompoop?

      • Nshi

        Your attempts at humor go the way of the Hindenburg.

      • Von Raschke’s Claw

        Your attempt at relevancy goes the way of the Titanic.

      • Lala

        N word? When did I say that? It’s still a horrible word. No one ever said it wasn’t. This is beyond ridiculous.

      • Nshi

        Lala – fifty years ago, the N word was not a horrible word. Today it is one of the worst, and rightfully so.

      • Lala

        I am aware of the etymology of the N word. What I don’t understand is its relevancy to this topic, and I don’t understand how ‘blacklist’ is a racist word. It is not.

      • Nshi

        Research the etymology of blacklist and then thank me.

      • Big Walt

        What does Nshi mean and why is it racist?

      • Lala

        Fine, I researched it. “It’s probable first use was in the reign of Charles II, with reference to a list of persons implicated in the trial and execution of his father, Charles I. On his accession to the throne, he hunted them out, executing 13 and imprisoning many others. Particularly in the 20th century, the principal use has been in relation to management and union affairs. However, wider uses are fairly common, for example, a library might have a blacklist of borrowers who abuse the system.”
        THANK YOU!!!!

      • Nshi

        My parents were big Nietzsche fans.

      • Nshi

        Lala, the word “black” is racist. Everyone knows this. Even the dumbest reatard knows that.

      • Nshi

        Lala – Wikipedia is NOT research.

      • Von Raschke’s Claw

        How in the blue hell am I supposed to order my coffee now?

      • CDT

        History lesson: I just looked up the origin of “blacklist.” It originates from the reign of England’s Charles II, when he made a list of all the conspirators who helped to dethrone and kill his father, Charles I. He then rounded them all up and either executed or banished them. Is Nshi still going to kick my ass for knowing this, too?

      • Nshi

        CDT – that Wikipedia article is wrong. “Blacklist” originated as a list of slaves that were going to be taken away. This is standard high-school history, at least outside the U.S…

      • Lala

        It wasn’t from Wikipedia. Obviously. The wording in Wikipedia is different. This was from an Etymology site. And, you’re an idiot.

      • CDT

        I’m not saying you’re wrong, but the website I got the info from is in the UK, FYI. PS: I bet Scrabblequeenbee had no idea their post would set off such a sh%#storm… :)

      • Holly

        By the way, Nshi – how do you delete a comment? I am curious.

      • Nshi

        I apologise for my comments…I’m being a troll.

      • Nshi

        I also apologize for being ugly. And a stupid moron. Please disregard everything I said above – I am unworthy of your respect.

      • Harold

        It is impossible to delete a post on ew.com once posted, FYI!

      • Irina

        Unless you’re Jessica Shaw. Then you can make revolting jokes about German people being Nazis who engage in racist cannibalism, and have them taken down on a whim.

    • Stuart

      wow, Blackhearts, more racism!

      • Monica

        I would like to thank, Von Raschke’s Claw, Lala, CDT and Nshi; your comments have been the most interesting and entertaining thing I have read on this site all day! (Although the last Project Runway recap was fun) Honourable mention to Ambient Lite and Felix.

      • CDT

        Thank you, Monica! We should all have a party to celebrate our amazingness. I won’t be wearing black, though; Nshi would hand me my ass.

      • Nshi

        For the record, I’m a fairly pale office worker who loves to partake in occasional social baiting. Well played everyone!!!

      • Von Raschke’s Claw

        So you admit you’re a troll. First and only smart thing you said all day.

      • Nshi

        Duh, man. Gov. Paterson, Stevie Wonder, and Ray Charles saw that a mile away.

      • Von Raschke’s Claw

        Lonely much, Nshi?

      • Nshi

        That obvious, huh? I’ve had a tough life. I’ve been in and out of foster homes. Several failed marriages. A horrible, horrible relationship with Richard Simmons. And not when he was thin, either. So yeah, I’m at rock bottom, right about now.

      • Lala

        *curtsies*

    • M.R. in L.A.

      Heuey Lewis only does Kimmel – he wouldn’t be caught dead on Leno.
      Check out his “I am the World” on Kimmel’s YouTube page from last week.

  • Cris

    I look forward to not watching a minute of it …

  • Koobie

    Conan should be his first guest.

    • Charlie

      That should be fun. :)

  • Amy

    LOL! Are you serious? To blacklist somebody is to ostracize them.

  • amy

    Ugh, really Jason Reitman & Judd Apatow? Really? Judd Apatow has parodied Jay on numerous occasions, and well, I expected more from Jason Reitman.

    • Molly

      I know! What the hell Jason and Judd?
      I can only hope that they are going on the show to mock him?

  • Big Walt

    Who’s on Conan that week? Oh that’s right, his show failed and he got axed.

    • Rob

      Yeah, that’s right, his show was undermined and he got backstabbed by Leno. Good point.

    • Brian

      Conan doesn’t have a show because the liquidated damages clause of his contract was one third the amount of the liquidated damages agreed to under Jay Leno’s contract. The only person who’s ratings failed were Jay’s, in primetime. Suck it, Big Walt.

      • Big Walt

        Umm, I’m pretty sure the Tonight Show was #1 with Jay, and well, not #1 with Conan. I will agree though that NBC should have given Conan more time. I don’t think it would have mattered though, he loses too many people to Letterman. Leno’s fans don’t overlap with Letterman’s as much.

      • erin

        Yeah, because Letterman’s fans have taste and an IQ over 75.

    • Dave

      Leno’s 10pm show was actually cancelled. Conan got the chance to stay with show and exited. Even if you count Conan’s show as being cancelled, then BOTH Jay and Conan had shows cancelled this year.

      • Artie

        Except the show they “offered” to let him stay with was not the show he’d worked fifteen years to get. NBC stole his 11:35 show out from under his feet and gave it back to the putz who started the entire mess.

      • Big Walt

        I honestly don’t know but I don’t think Leno actually got cancelled. It didn’t end until after it was announced he was taking over the Tonight Show and it’s not like he was going to do both shows.

      • Lala

        Jay’s show did get cancelled, but he was still going to stay with the network. They were going to give him another show, only this time half an hour, and at 11:35, pushing everyone back and cancelling Carson Daly altogether. Conan refused to be pushed back and decided to leave, so Jay was given the full hour back at 11:35 on The Tonight Show.
        I mean, “cancelled” IS a relative term with this because he and his whole crew were basically still staying on NBC, just at a different time and in a modified format.

      • Big Walt

        Gotcha. I guess it just depends on who you’re talking to. NBC people probably wouldn’t say Leno was cancelled.

        What genius thought a 10:00 talk show would work in this day and age to begin with?

  • PJ

    “His first night back isn’t particularly star-powered” HAHA, you’re joking right? Having an Oscar winner on his first night isn’t star-powered? It’s time you ended this vendetta EW.

    • Big Walt

      You’re right Jamie Foxx is huge right now. I’m sure all the talk shows were clamoring to get him.

      • M.R. in L.A.

        hahahahah! I hate Jamie Foxx too! I hope he inapropriately and egotistically breaks into an insufferable song while Leno gremaces through it.

    • Erik

      Well, considering Jaimie Fox’s last couple of movie’s grosses he isn’t that star powered.

      • Big Walt

        The movie with Downey looked good but I’m sure it tanked. Other than that I can’t even think of anything he’s been in since Ray. Oh, Law Abiding Citizen. That looks good too but I think that tanked as well. Plus he’s not the star of either of those.

    • Dave

      Ernest Borgnine won an Oscar too. So did Cliff Robertson and Geoffrey Rush. There are PLENTY of Oscar winners that might not said bring a touch of star-power to a talk show. The big question is “Would Jamie Foxx, in of himself, draw?”. Answer? Right now, probably not. MAYBE if he did one of his crazy musical numbers like he did at the Grammys, but notice that his performance there wasn’t exactly billed either.

    • Artie

      Sure, and he can get Jorge Drexler, who won the Best Song Oscar that year, for his musical guest. I’ll stay up for THAT.

  • Eric

    Really Chelsea? I knew you would sell out for some Bellvedere vodka, but I didn’t know you’d go there for Jay Leno. At least one funny person will be on the Tonight Show the night she is on. I still love you, girl.

    • Sara

      I don’t, she’s a moron.

      • Big Walt

        A hot moron. Well she’s starting to look old now but still….

    • Kaye

      That was the most disappointing name on the list. She was strangely quiet during the whole fiasco. I was thinking, at the time, it must be because of Ted… but now…. bummer!

  • MWC

    What? No Jimmy Kimmel?

    • Fred

      nice.

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