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Kevin Eubanks Flees the Tonight Show

Soon nobody will be laughing at Jay Leno's monologue: Extra reports that the Tonight Show's Kevin Eubanks "wanted a change" and will leave the show to "pursue other opportunities." The guitar-playing band leader will reportedly appear on the March 1 premiere of the new Conan-less Tonight, but presumably not after. St. Louis NBC affiliate KSDK claims that former Hootie and the Blowfish front man Darius Rucker might replace him, which can't possibly be true.

Kevin Eubanks Leaves 'The Tonight Show!' [Extra via Videogum]
Kevin Eubanks parting ways with Jay Leno and "The Tonight Show" [KSDK]