Jay Leno's longtime musical sidekick reportedly plans to move on after the show returns to late night

By Mike Fleeman
February 16, 2010 07:00 PM
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When Jay Leno goes back to the Tonight Show, he may need to find a new musical sidekick: Bandleader Kevin Eubanks is said to be leaving Leno’s side after 18 years.

NBC so far has not officially confirmed the latest shock wave to hit Leno’s show, first reported by L.A. radio K-EARTH 101 and also being reported by the New York Times.

Eubanks, a jazz guitarist who joined The Tonight Show in 1992 and became bandleader two years later, simply “wanted a change” and a chance for new opportunities, according to Extra.

It wasn’t clear when he intended to leave. According to Extra, it would be at some point after Leno takes The Tonight Show back from Conan O’Brien on March 1.