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Leno takes last shot at president in final monologue; Obama responds

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leno-finalConcluding his last show Thursday as host of “The Tonight Show,” a teary-eyed Jay Leno echoed his predecessor Johnny Carson when he said, “I bid you all a heartfelt good night.”

But before he said goodbye, Leno got in one more dig against NBC and President Barack Obama in his final opening monologue.

After a prolonged standing ovation, Leno joked, “I don’t like goodbyes. NBC does. I don’t care for them.”

“I don’t need to get fired three times,” he added. “I get the hint.”

The comment was in reference to an earlier, short-lived departure from the show in 2009.

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“And the worst thing about losing this job is I’m no longer covered by NBC,” Leno cracked later. “Now I’ll have to sign up for Obamacare.”

The star-studded show included a clip of Obama, getting an opportunity to respond for a change.

“Jay, you’ve made a whole lot of jokes about me over the years, but do not worry, I’m not upset,” Obama said before announcing that he was appointing Leno as ambassador to Antarctica. “Hope you have a warm coat, funnyman.”

The final moments of what a choked up Leno called “the greatest 22 years of my life” can be seen here:

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