TV Kevin Eubanks done with Tonight Show


Staff member
Definitely won't be the same show without him. I was never a huge fan but he was a recognizable face.

"Tonight Show" bandleader Kevin Eubanks has made it official: He's leaving as Jay Leno's sideman in May after 18 years with the late-night host.

He told Leno during Monday's taping of "Tonight" in Burbank, Calif., that he was ready for a career change of pace, but he didn't announce specific plans. Eubanks called the NBC late-night show his "home" and said it had been "a wonderful experience" working there.

Eubanks, 52, whose duties included comic sidekick to Leno as well as guitarist, has been aboard since Leno took over "Tonight" in 1992. Eubanks became musical director when Branford Marsalis left in 1995.

In February, NBC said Eubanks had expressed interest in personal touring and recording.

His final day on "Tonight" is May 28. NBC did not immediately announce his replacement.

"After 18 years of playing America into commercials, I'm gonna go somewhere where I can finish a song," Eubanks said when Leno asked what he planned to do first.


A Darker Knight
I love Kevin! You're right, the show won't be the same without him. He and jay are a pair. The dynamic won't be the same. I was so sad he was leaving. Who's going to bail Jay out when the joke fails? :shake: