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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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31.

SKEET SKEET    

I'm pretty sure you all thought that Randy Jackson was Michael's little brother when u started watching Idol. Kevin is not a F*&king SideKick, he is a musician. 17yrs. is long enough. The money is in the touring, not album sales. Alot of people still listen to jazz...

1653 days ago
32.

Bryan    

Even Kevin knows when he should retire, Jay should learn from Kevin... GO TEAM COCO!!!!!

1653 days ago
33.

jfp    

rat meet sinking ship.

1653 days ago
34.

I'MWITHCOCOFORREAL    

Looks like someone else bought their "I'm with Coco" T-Shirt. :)

1653 days ago
35.

jen    

As a musician, I totally understand. I wouldn't care how much status or money I was making playing with Jay. Sitting in a TV studio everyday, playing the sidekick, having to laugh at stupid jokes is completely humiliating & a total waste of Kevin's talent.
Everyone needs a change once in a while, especially musicians.

1653 days ago
36.

The Sinister Collector    

Seems like a well paying gig. Unless he's made enough to retire....it's a dumb move.

1653 days ago
37.

Lilarose    

Kevin, you came to our Britt Festivals in Jacksonville, Oregon and we in our valley loved it.

Why can't you tour occasionally like you have in the past?

I so want Jay's show to be back as it used to be. If you leave, you will lose me--I won't attend your performances!

1653 days ago
38.

UGGGGHHH    

YOUR NOT GOING TO MAKE IT ON YOUR OWN.

OH, BY THE WAY, CONAN STILL SUCKS. GLAD HE IS GONZO....

1653 days ago
39.

shawn saunders    

Kevin is (actually) sitting on about 20mil! Do the #'s. He obviously won't be missing any meals if he (does) leave.........

1653 days ago
40.

angel76    

I don't blame him, he is probably tire of getting jerked around from one show to another. Anyway, Jay is an A$$, so why stick with him.

1653 days ago
41.

justSAYIN    

He actually left 4 months ago, its just no one watches. It took awhile for the "news" to break...

1653 days ago
42.

Q    

How long can he get gigs that will pay the bills by using the moniker "FORMER tonight show band leader"----how insulting...relying on "former" everywhere you go. He cant make new music that will sell and give him the fame and lifestyle he has enjoyed as the Present leader of the Band.

He's a fool to leave that gig...he should keep the gig and do his own things along the side, like Doc Severensen did.

Absolute idiot. He should get both financial and psychological advice.

1653 days ago
43.

King    

I guess nobody remembers that the original bandleader of Leno's Tonight Show was Branford Marsalis. He was there a few years before he bailed.

1653 days ago
44.

tacky66    

this guy was no ed mc mahan that is for sure
but the lady behind him with the big hair seems cool; jay leno should bring her up in kevin's seat
kevin better come forward with a statement, otherwise this is not going to look good for him.
leno doesn't need any deserters.

1653 days ago
45.

n2TMZ    

Kevin makes $10,000/week and he wants to leave? Where do I apply?

1653 days ago
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