May 23, 2017

Kevin Eubanks not sure he’ll stay friends with Jay Leno

By Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith

Kevin Eubanks laughs and says “I don’t have an answer for that” when asked whether he’d guest on Jimmy Kimmel’s or Conan O’Brien’s show once he finishes the last month of his 18-year stint with Jay Leno and “The Tonight Show.”

He acknowledges, “It’s going to be so different, not seeing each other and sharing a stage every day” with Jay. However, the man whose comedic takes have saved many a lame joke through the years, tells us he really doesn’t know whether their friendship will go on: “We’ll see. I hope so. You know how the business is, how people start to become isolated in whatever project they become involved in. It’s a stressful period in the country and people are busy.”

Eubanks admits the “Jay Leno Show” prime time failure took a toll “This might be weird to say, but the biggest challenge of that time, to me, was not having input into what the new show was. Now, having said that, I know it wasn’t my place to have any input, so I wasn’t asking or looking for it — should we do this, do that. But that was in my mind. When the show started unfolding, you’re wishing someone would listen to an idea. But it was like, ‘Everybody’s got an idea right now.’”

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About Beck / Smith

Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith are among America’s leading columnists. They’ve covered the Hollywood beat for decades — Elvis and “Easy Rider” through the Jonas Bros. and “Avatar” and all the stars and their triumphs and scandals in-between. Their Creators Syndicate column, Beck/Smith Hollywood Exclusive, is a source of top celebrity interviews and entertainment news in newspapers across the country as well as online. To read more about Marylin and Stacy go to BeckSmithHollywood.com

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