Jay Leno’s new “Tonight Show” will be missing a key element from his old version, reports The Hollywood Reporter.
Kevin Eubanks, the show’s bandleader since 1995, is negotiating his departure from the show. He’ll be there for the March 1 debut, but will leave “within months,” THR says.
Announcer John Melendez will no longer provide the voiceover, but he’ll continue on the show as a writer.
Various media outlets say that the news about Eubanks leaving was first reported by Los Angeles radio station K-EARTH.