- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 6, 2014

The guest-in-chief of late-night television bid farewell through his spokesman Thursday to Jay Leno, the “Tonight” show host who’s retiring after 22 years.

White House press secretary Jay Carney said President Obama “is a fan” of Mr. Leno.

“He has enjoyed his times on the set with Jay Leno,” Mr. Carney said. “This is the end of an era … for a lot of folks who have watched him. The president wishes him well, we all do. I know he’s enjoyed the experience.”

Mr. Obama was the first sitting president to appear on a late-night show when he visited the “Tonight” show with Mr. Leno on March 19, 2009, only 58 days after taking office. The president has appeared six times on the show, and has been a guest on other late-night shows as well.

Previously, presidents considered it undignified to appear on late-night comedy shows.

Mr. Leno is being replaced by Jimmy Fallon, who has also had Mr. Obama as a guest on his “Late Night” show.

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