The Tonight Show moves back to New York

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Comedian David Steinberg, left, with The Tonight Show host Johnny Carson

Comedian David Steinberg, left, with The Tonight Show host Johnny Carson

Today, the lights go out at one NBC studio in Burbank, as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno draws to a close.

With the exception of a brief Conan O’Brien stint, Leno was the man who took over from Johnny Carson more than 20 years ago.

New host Jimmy Fallon will move production back to New York, where the Tonight Show began, in a couple of weeks. Johnny Carson brought it out to Burbank in 1972.

Comedian David Steinberg – who appeared on the show with Carson more than anyone else, expect Bob Hope – joined KCRW’s Steve Chiotakis to talk about that move, why it happened and how it affected the Tonight Show overall.

“I did so many things” Steinberg said of his career. “To me it was always about doing The Tonight Show.”

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