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Kevin Eubanks

May Bail on Jay Leno

2/16/2010 7:46 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Kevin Eubanks -- the longtime bandleader on Jay Leno's "The Tonight Show" -- may leave the show once it re-emerges after the Olympics.

Kevin Eubanks May Bail on Jay Leno
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radio in L.A. first reported the story this AM. NBC has confirmed Kevin wants to tour and record and -- although he'll be there for Jay's debut next month -- his long-term prospects on the show are uncertain.

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Bob    

Eubanks is probably burned out from 17 straight years conducting the Tonight Show band. Surely there's a great deal or repetition and redundancy in the material. These gigs are virtually all day affairs and it can get stale. I'm sure Kevin Eubanks has made his money, had his fun, and has enough wherewithal to move on in any direction he chooses. The same was true for Doc Severinsen and Lyle Russell Cedric "Skitch" Henderson before him.

1523 days ago
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Darlene    

Sorry to hear that! I like Kevin, & he & Jay get along so great together. But I understand him wanting to branch out. Good luck to you Kevin.

1523 days ago
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Palm Springs    

Kevin seems like a nice guy. He is however not a great sidekick. His music sucks and he is not quick on the uptake when Jay says something to him. I always felt he was clueless at coming back with a quick/witty response.
He will be able to play Holiday Inns after this gig. His music has no shape or form and nothing going for it. It's mindless filler just like all the musical sidekicks from Ellen's show to Letterman.Paul Schaeffer is THE WORST. They should all just play there little "heading to commercial" muzak and not try to be part of the show.

1523 days ago
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jimmy    

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20.

tim    

Must be another SLOW NEWS day for TMZ!

1523 days ago
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Tiger's Help Sucks Too    

I read this same rumor/story a couple weeks ago. TMZ, yer late.

1523 days ago
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Tiger's Help Sucks Too    

Kevin is way better than Max or Paul. He's laid back, cool, charming. Max acts like he's on speed. Paul just babbles and repeats.

1523 days ago
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Robert    

Is he taking the chair with him....or is it all ready glued to his ass.....lol

1523 days ago
24.

Wellington    

Kevin may be a nice guy, but he's not the brightest bulb in the pack. Jay will do better playing off someone with a little more on the ball than Kev.

1523 days ago
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I BE DARNELL    

GEE I HAVE HEARD THIS STORY BEFORE....SOME BORED MUSICIAN....LEAVING A HOUSE GIG. BUDDY YOU WOULD BE LUCKY ,TO DRAW A GATE OF 5000/...AND THAT`S A VERY UPSIDE ESTIMATE.....YOU BETTER......THINK TWICE, JAY COULD REPLACE YOU AND YOUR CREW IN A NY/ MINUTE!

1523 days ago
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UGGGGHHH    

Think twice about it Kevin. You will not make it on your own. Not with this economy. You are lucky to have a job on the tonight show.

So please stay.

1523 days ago
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juniper    

i think leno is going to be left out in the rain on this one kevin should leave after the way leno treats him like a homo and the way leno wines to him kev... sounding like an old lady kevin you deserve better!

1523 days ago
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?????    

I'm sure he has enough money to leave, he seems like a pretty stable guy. I guess he just had enough of faking smiles and laughs and trying to stay awake for Leno's whack ass jokes. Sometimes it looks like he is about to fall over from boredom. Poor thing. And I'm sure a musician of his caliber will find it easy to get a gig.

1523 days ago
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janalal4    

test

1523 days ago
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zippy    

wells ounds like a mistake to me, neverheard of kevin eubanks before he w as the band leader on jays show, i wouldnt go see him and have to pay for a ticket, when i can see him for free on the tonight show, doc severson kinda faded away also after the demise of johnny, as did the other guy,, the bald headed one, cant even remember his name, so eubanks? take heed, most wont remember you after you leave the tonight show,be like kevin who?

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