Hoping for a full-time acting career, announcer Edd Hall will exit “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” in March.
No replacement has been named.
Hall has been with Leno since Leno took over for longtime “Tonight” host Johnny Carson 12 years ago.
“I knew it was time to leave when Jay did away with the pre-show group hug,” Hall quipped.
Prior to his gig with Leno, Hall spent a decade announcing for David Letterman, who was then with NBC.
All told, Hall has been with the Peacock for 25 years, first joining the net as a page, working on the original “Not-Ready-For-Prime-Time Players.”
On a serious note, Hall said he needed to take advantage of the new opportunities being presented to him.
“This was a very difficult decision to make because I love everyone on the show dearly and I’ll miss them very much,” Hall said. “I was with David Letterman for ten years and Jay for twelve; it just seems like the right time to begin a new chapter in my life.”
Recently, Hall completed production Miramax comedy “Comic Book–The Movie.”
“He was not only a part of the show, but also part of the ‘Tonight Show’ family and we will all miss him terribly,” said Debbie Vickers, exec producer of “Tonight.”