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The Tonight Show with Jay Leno is the iteration of The Tonight Show hosted by Jay Leno from 1992 to 2009, and again from 2010 to 2014. Branford Marsalis was the original bandleader of the show from 1992 to 1995, and Kevin Eubanks served in that role from 1995 until 2010.


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February 16, 1996

Kermit the Frog appears to promote Muppet Treasure Island. He sticks around during k.d. lang's appearance.

June 21, 1996

Miss Piggy promotes In the Kitchen with Miss Piggy.

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Kermit promotes Muppets Tonight and his book "Leading with My Fins".

December 31, 1996

Miss Piggy reports live from the roof of the Mariott Marquis Hotel in Times Square to watch the ball drop.


Kermit the Frog promotes Muppets from Space.

August 31, 2011

Miss Piggy in the show's cold open (and online backstage clip), promotes The Muppets, Animal performs with OK Go to promote The Green Album. (Clip) (Backstage clip)

November 4, 2011

Miss Piggy promotes The Muppets; Mickey Rourke gropes her.


  • Leno and Eubanks appeared in "The Cameo Show" episode of Muppets Tonight. Leno volunteers to help out on the show, but Bobo turns him down because he doesn't recognize him as someone famous—however, he does recognize Eubanks (of whom he is a big fan).


  • May 25, 2009 - Leno shows a sequence of clips with Mel Gibson, after which they comment at how young and good-looking they were. "In ten years time we'll be sitting here looking at this going 'hey, we looked real good!' We'll be looking like the hecklers on The Muppet Show or something."
  • October 3, 2011 - During "Headlines" Leno shows a newspaper article with a photo of the walk-around versions of Cookie Monster and Elmo checking out a newly renovated men's restroom.

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