The Tonight Show has been canceled tonight after Jay Leno checked himself into the hospital. Leno left his offices midday to enter hospital for observation. Leno, who turns 59 on Tuesday, is expected to leave the show on May 29 after a 17 year run.
It has been speculated that Leno is suffering from food poisoning. Tracy St. Pierre of NBC said that she did not believe that was the case.
“Jay Leno is doing just fine,” read a statement from NBC spokeswoman Tracy St. Pierre. “He was kidding around with the hospital staff and running his monologue jokes by the doctors and the nurses. He’s expected back to work on Monday.”
It’s said that Leno is writing jokes from his hospital bed. Dick Guttman, Leno’s spokesman said that Leno left his office for Providence St. Joseph Medical Center. Guttman described Leno’s condition as ‘mild.’
Guests for tonight’s show were Ryan Reynolds, Jules Sylvester and swing band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. NBC will be running a rerun instead tonight.