Jay Leno hosts his final "Tonight Show"

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Jay Leno hosts his final "Tonight Show"

February 7, 2014 Updated Feb 7, 2014 at 1:23 PM CDT

BURBANK, Calif. -- Thursday night marked a huge milestone for NBC as Jay Leno hosted "The Tonight Show" for the last time.

It was an emotional goodbye for Leno who did his final show after a 22 year run. The star-studded poignant, was poignant, funny and gave the host a sendoff to remember.

Backstage on the set that's been home for so long, Leno ran through his pre-show routine one last time.

It all started in 1992. Jay's first guest was Billy Crystal.

So it was only fitting that Billy returned for Jay's final show 22 years later.

"160,000 jokes, 3 band leaders and 2 dark suits later, here we are,” Crystal said.

Also on the show, was country singer Garth Brooks who stopped to talk to fans outside right after the finale.

"I was really proud of him,” Brooks said. “I think I would have bawled like a baby if I was him."

It is a bittersweet ending, not just for Jay Leno. It's also the last show from "beautiful downtown Burbank" the home of "the Tonight Show" since Johnny Carson moved it from New York in 1972.

"It seemed like the most exciting thing in the world, because it had always been in New York,” Leno said. “It's been here 40, 50 years. So now, to see it go back to New York, I think it'll bring a renewed excitement."

And a new start for a new, younger voice.

"I did it for 20 years and it was great. 22 years. And it was a lot of fun, but you get older,” Leno said.

Leno, 63, is graciously passing the torch to Jimmy Fallon, 39.

"I will do my best to make you proud every single night. Thank you,” Fallon said.

As Jay takes his final bow, he goes out on top as the late night ratings king for the past 17 seasons.