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Jay Leno will end his remarkable 22-year run on the "Tonight Show" the way he began: By welcoming Billy Crystal as his guest.

Crystal, Leno's first-ever "Tonight Show" guest, will drop by on Feb. 6, when Leno brings his highly successful hosting gig to a close. Country superstar Garth Brooks also will visit on that final night.

Other guests for Leno's final week, as announced Sunday at the TV critics press tour, include his "Tonight Show" heir, Jimmy Fallon (Feb. 3), Betty White (Feb. 3), Matthew McConaughey (Feb. 4), Charles Barkley (Feb. 4), Lyle Lovett (Feb. 4), Sandra Bullock (Feb. 5) and Blake Shelton (Feb. 5).

This Nov. 5, 2012 file photo released by NBC shows Jay Leno, host of "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," on the set in Burbank, Calif.
This Nov. 5, 2012 file photo released by NBC shows Jay Leno, host of "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," on the set in Burbank, Calif. (AP/NBC/Paul Drinkwater)

Though it is unclear what Leno's post-"Tonight Show" future holds, NBC chief Robert Greenblatt was optimistic about keeping Leno in the family.

"I'm hoping we will enter into a new relationship with him and keep his home on NBC," he told reporters.

Fallon takes over the "Tonight Show" reins on Feb. 17, after the Winter Olympics.

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