Jay Leno Returns to 'Tonight' Tonight

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It's been six months since Jay Leno and David Letterman have gone head-to-head in the late night arena, but the two comics will meet again with tonight's premiere of the new "Tonight Show."

Letterman canceled his vacation in order to go up against Leno's first week of shows, not wanting to give him the upper hand in their long-running feud for ratings. Fans lined-up early at NBC's Burbank studios for premiere tickets.

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"The Tonight Show" has a star-studded lineup this evening, including gold medal skier Lindsey Vonn, Jamie Foxx and country singer Brad Paisley, while Letterman has comedy great Bill Murray and rapper Ludacris.

During an interview with Oprah Winfrey last month after some acrimonious exchanges with Conan O'Brien, Jay said, "The only way you can fix these things is to try and do good shows, not be bitter, not be angry or upset."

NBC's "Tonight" was #1 for 15 of Leno's 17 years as host.