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Kevin Eubanks

Bails on Jay Leno

4/12/2010 7:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Jay Leno is in the market for someone to laugh at his jokes. 

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Kevin Eubanks just announced he's leaving "The Tonight Show" -- and interestingly, he did it the same day Conan O'Brien announced he'll be going head-to-head with Jay.

Jay's band leader made his departure official during the taping of Monday night's episode.

Eubanks will keep jamming with the band until May 28.

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E    

He's leaving cause he can't laugh at anymore stupid lame attempts at laughter. Jay's whole act is just lame.

1652 days ago
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Ginger    

Seems like an easy gig to me. All he has to do is laugh? How can I get that job!

1652 days ago
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CriticAl    

Will Max Weinberg takes his place?

1652 days ago
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Rob J    

This is old news anyway. I never realized it was 'unofficial' til today.

1652 days ago
5.

furgitaboutit    

His laughter seemed forced for quite a while.

1652 days ago
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Rob J    

I never understood why Jay's Tonight Show band always play the same music beds when going to (and coming back from) commercials.



How boring.



At least every other late night talk show band plays different tunes with each show.

1652 days ago
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Oh well    

Good bye, he's not that good anyway...... Soon people will say kevin WHO

1652 days ago
8.

Googie    

Bye bye Kevin. I watch the show because of Jay not Kevin anyway.

1652 days ago
9.

coco    

Is he going to be the band leader for Oprah?

1652 days ago
10.

OK    

That is sad indeed and yes, Jay's great! http://www.facebook.com/JayLenoFans

1652 days ago
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Amber    

Kevin Eubanks should replace Simon on American Idol! (not that he would make me watch it i just think its a good fit)

1652 days ago
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Courtney     

He will come back to the show.

1652 days ago
13.

Macker1283    

Wasn't this announced like a month ago?

1652 days ago
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gimmeabreak    

It's been reported ever since Jay returned to the Tonight Show that Kev would be leaving the show to go on tour with his band. No surprises here... just official confirmation of what's been known all along.

1652 days ago
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jdubu2    

Shame on Kevin, he will be up sh#t creek without Jay, and all you "coco" fans, why is it ok for that dork to take George Lopez out of his time slot and it wasn't ok for Jay to go back to the Job, "Cucu I meant er.. coco" forced him out of? can you spell hypocrites??? in all seriousness Kevin couldn't sell heat in the north pole.

1652 days ago
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