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Jay Leno's Tonight Show Guest List as Good as Gold

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Jay Leno, Simon Cowell, Apolo Ohno, Sarah Palin
Jay Leno, Simon Cowell, Apolo Ohno, Sarah Palin NBC/Paul Drinkwater; Michael Becker/FOX; Steve Granitz/Getty Images; ABC/Donna Svennevik

It doesn't matter which team you're on when you've got a movie to promote. Or an Olympic medal (or seven) to show off. Or when you've fallen behind on your monthly quota for publicly dissing your clothes-eschewing almost-son-in-law (what, like she was gonna turn to Letterman?).

NBC has unveiled the initial guest list for Kevin Eubanks and Jay Leno's return to The Tonight Show next week, and while it boasts its fair share of big names—and more than its fair share of podium-standers—the star power isn't exactly blinding…unless, of course, you're particularly smitten with the network's own talent pool, reality guidettes, Simon Cowell, and, um, E! talent. OK, we take it all back.

Now grab a Sharpie and jot this list down on your palm:

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• March 1: Jamie Foxx, Olympic gold medal skier Lindsey Vonn, Brad Paisley
• March 2: Sarah Palin, Olympic gold medal snowboarder Shaun White
• March 3: Jaywalk All-Stars with cast of Jersey Shore, Chelsea Handler, Olympic gold medal speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno, Avril Lavigne
• March 4: Matthew McConaughey, Jason Reitman
• March 5: Morgan Freeman, Meredith Vieira
• March 8: Simon Cowell
• March 9: Christoph Waltz, animal expert Dave Salmoni, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
• March 10: Kristen Stewart, Guy Fieri
• March 11: Dana Carvey, Kim Kardashian, Colbie Caillat
• March 12: Dakota Fanning, Judd Apatow


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