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New host chooses old billing on ‘Tonight Show’

 <span class="cutline_leadin">Heeere’s Jimmy:</span> The show was ‘with’ Jay Leno, left, but now is ‘starring’ Jimmy Fallon.
Heeere’s Jimmy: The show was ‘with’ Jay Leno, left, but now is ‘starring’ Jimmy Fallon.

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Q: For 22 years it was The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. Now it’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Why the change?

A: The host’s billing varied over the series’ run. It was also “starring” when Johnny Carson and Jack Paar were at the helm. Leno preferred a lower-key name, while Fallon sees “starring” as a nod to the show’s origins.

Q: What has happened to Chris Cuomo? I don’t see him anymore.

A: Cuomo, formerly of Fox and ABC, joined CNN in January 2013 and in June became one of the hosts of New Day, the network’s early morning show. While the program has not dazzled, and there have been reports suggesting a shakeup, Cuomo is still on board.

Q: I have been able to find the William Holden movie The World of Suzie Wong. Do you have any suggestions?

A: The 1960 drama, starring Holden and Nancy Kwan, is available via for streaming or digital download through the site’s Amazon Instant Video service.

The movie is also part of the Warner Archive collection, made-to-order DVDs that you can order at

Q: What did Bill O'Reilly have to do with the “intro” to the Super Bowl? I thought his interview of President Obama was completely out of place.

A: As the Huffington Post noted, the O'Reilly-Obama interview was “part of an annual tradition in which the president gives a pre-game interview to the network that is airing the Super Bowl.”

Sports media writer Ed Sherman griped that “it makes as much sense as inserting a LeBron James interview during a political convention,” but it gives the president — and one of the host network’s stars — a chance to reach a huge audience.

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