James Douglas Muir "Jay" Leno is an American actor, comedian and television host who hosted the show of NBC's "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" for around 17 years. He hosted the show since 1992 to 2009 which became the key reason for his popularity. He returned to the show again "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" on March 1, 2010, and hosted his last episode on February 6, 2014.
He hosted the show for around two decades which made him much popular and got more attention. Everyone started showing their interest on Jay and wanted to know about his personal life. Read below for his net worth, career and awards.
Jay Leno Net Worth
Jay Leno hosted the show "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" for around 17 years and might have earned pretty much from the show. He was inducted into the "Television Hall of Fame" in 2014. He has been working for more than 40 years in this field and thus is estimated to have a huge amount.
Jay Leno is estimated to have around $350 million net worth. About his annual income, he earns around $15 million per year. His show "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" contributed more to collect such a huge amount.
Jay Leno Career
Speaking of Jay's career, he first started his comedy career since his school days. He used to perform in local night clubs and took parts in the talent show for extra money. He used to work as the warm-up act for Tom Jones and Johnny Mathis. He made his first appearance on The Tonight Show in the year 1977. He also hosted his first comedy special Jay Leno and American Dream in the mid-1980s. He then signed a deal with NBC to be a permanent guest host of "The Tonight Show".
Jay Leno also made debut in his new program The Jay Leno Show in September 2009. He announced to leave the show The Tonight Show when the contract ended in 2014. He hosted his last episode on February 6, 2014. After leaving The Tonight Show, he was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame on March 11, 2014, and continued his career as a stand-up comedian. He also performed at many charity events.
Jay Leno Awards
Jay has been awarded numerous times for his outstanding hosting and comedy talent. He was awarded People's Choice Award for Favorite Late Night Talk Show Host in 2006, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Short-Format Nonfiction Program in 2011, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy-Variety or Music Program and Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series in 1995.