Jay Leno

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Jay Leno was "on" right off the bat during today's NBC Television Critics Association press day for his new primetime show, The Jay Leno Show. Leno was responding to some summer news that he'd missed while on his little hiatus.

Michael Jackson's death and Sarah Palin's resignation were addressed, to which he quipped, "Those two go hand-in-hand." He continued, "I felt bad obviously, but then again, the Palin thing cheered me up." He definitely hasn't lost his touch during the past few months.

And there's more...

What will The Jay Leno Show bring to NBC? The "X factor" is more comedy and tons of recognizable correspondents, like D.L. Hughley, who will report on politics. "D.L. in D.C., no less," teased Jay. Mikey Day, of Kath & Kim fame, and Rachael Harris, from this spring's movie giant, The Hangover, will be around, too, as will comedian Jim Norton and the Dan Band.

NBC Nightly News host Brian Williams, who showcased his comedic talent as host of Saturday Night Live this season, has also signed on to host a small segment (which sounds brills!) tentatively titled, "Stories That Weren't Good Enough for Nightly News."

Other changes? Jay's svelte new physique, for one. "I've been running four miles everyday—lost 12 pounds, thank you very much," bragged Leno. There'll be no desk, and each show will have one, maybe two guests, where they'll be "out of their chairs" so to speak. Classic Jay still exists though, including Jaywalking and Headlines.

The Jay Leno Show debuts Sept. 14 on NBC at 10 p.m.

Are you excited for Jay's new show? Rachael Harris is a great addition, no? Let us know what you think in the comments below.


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