Jay Leno ready to let youngsters take over ‘Tonight Show’ 

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  • This Oct. 12, 2012 photo released by NBC shows President Barack Obama during an interview with host Jay Leno on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," in Burbank, Calif. After 22 years, Leno will host his last show on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014.
With his last “Tonight Show” broadcast just days away, Jay Leno admits he’s too old for the job.

In an interview with The Associated Press, the silved-haired talk-show host said, “I’m not a big tweet guy. A 63-year-old guy reading Miley Cyrus’ tweets is a little creepy. Move on.”

But the affable comic, whose 22-year tenure on the show ends Thursday, points to interesting facts: “Tonight” was No. 1 among viewers when he took it over and will be when he hands it off to Jimmy Fallon, and he’ll have taped more shows than anyone, Johnny Carson included, with the final and 4,610th one.

Meanwhile, late-night shows are bringing out A-list guests during the big final week. On his finale, Leno hosts Billy Crystal and Garth Brooks. Jimmy Kimmel will have Matt Damon and George Clooney. And David Letterman has booked The Flaming Lips with Sean Lennon.

Fallon takes over Feb. 17 after the Olympics.

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