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Charlie Sheen Admits That He Was “Losing” During Mega-Meltdown

Charlie Sheen became something of a folk hero in the early part of this year for going Hollywood rogue and basically bringing out the bats–t crazy in all of us. He famously kamakazi’d his multi-million dollar part on Two And A Half Men, went on a bizarro PR campaign that makes Whitney Houston look like a librarian, and then hit the road on a stadium tour of people who just wanted to watch Chaz high on the finest Columbian Sheen. You know, just basically winning left right and center.

But that was the old (manic) Charlie. The new post-Comedy Central Roast Charlie is going around atoning for his showbiz sins, saying that he wasn’t #winning, but actually “losing”. Say what!? Who are you and what have you done with our beloved national treasure of a trainwreck!? The actor appeared on The Tonight Showlast night, and actually appeared sorry for all of the craziness of the winter. “I realized I was pretty much ‘losing!’ I thought I could come back…kind of like you did,” he told host Jay Leno. He also says that he has no grudge against the Two And A Half Men producers. “No, I’d have fired my ass, too,” he admitted. He also bears no ill-will towards the series new star, Ashton Kutcher. “I would just give him a hug and just say, ‘Make me proud, dude.’” Awww…*single tear of tigerblood*. We thought he’d release the warlocks on Ashton for sure!

Who knows, maybe Charlie’s starting to mellow. But not to worry, folks! You can party with 80s-90s era Chaz in the gallery below anytime you want!

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Lilo Surprises Leno, Gets A Standing O

Lindsay Lohan gave Jay Leno’s studio audience quite a shock last night when she stopped by The Tonight Show studios for an unscheduled interview. The taped segment, which is set to air tonight, is the first time Lindsay has broken her silence since being sentenced to jail on Friday. Despite her troubles, Lilo received a hot welcome from his audience, who reportedly rose to their feet in applause when she walked into the set.

The bulk of their chat obviously revolved around her legal issues. According to RadarOnline, she admitted to feeling “kind of dumb” about the whole thing, and the sentence of 120 days in jail “left her numb.” In addition to her jail time, Lindsay also faces 480 hours of community service stemming from felonly theft charges. But she did seem hopeful for the future, apparently confirming her role as John Gotti Jr’s wife in the upcoming Gotti: Three Generations.

Lindsay has been fielding many offers to appear on big name talk shows, but those close to the actress say that she chose Leno because she feels “grateful” to him. “He has been nothing by good to her and her family over the years,” a source told TMZ, “and has always been protective of her.”

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Rebecca Black Sings On The Tonight Show, Has Lots Of Celeb Support

Rebecca Black isn’t going away any time soon, as evidenced by the fact that she appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno last night and performed her song “Friday” to an audience that sang along with her. Black also talked about the fact that even though there are a lot of haters in the form of cruel, anonymous internet commenters, she’s received quite a bit of support and recognition from celebrities.

Ryan Seacrest has been amazing through this whole thing,” Black told Leno, and she says Simon Cowell “wants to meet me, that’s so cool!” She also says celebs like Nicole Richie, Joel Madden, Willow Smith and Cody Simpson have reached out to her via Twitter to offer her support too. And as for all the money she’s raking in from YouTube hits and iTunes sales? She plans to donate it all to her school and to Japan’s relief efforts. So at least something positive will come from all this! Check out the video which features her interview and performance above.

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Alyson Hannigan Trashes Jay Leno At Comedy Forum

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We knew we loved Alyson Hannigan for more than just her stint as Buffy’s trusty sidekick Willow Rosenberg. Hannigan also seems to be on Team CoCo or, more accurately, not on Team Leno. Though she tried to be discreet about it, while she spoke at a Women in Comedy forum, Hannigan made no bones about her dislike for Jay Leno‘s late night hosting style.

The forum was moderated by Jimmy Kimmel, and when Hannigan was asked what the trick is to being a good guest on a late night show she explained “Certain hosts have you do your pre-interview and then you have to go on the show and retell every story verbatim or you’re not coming back. Every show is different that way.” When asked to name names, she said “I’m not saying, but it’s not Jimmy’s. And that’s really intimidating to have it be a big deal if you, like, switch around your punchline or whatever. There are a lot of other hosts where it’s OK to tell this story or that story, and if it veers off it’s fine because the host is secure enough to go with you, and vice-versa.” Even though she didn’t name this insecure host outright, later when Kimmel was asked his thoughts on the Tonight Show host, he replied “Slam Leno? Oh, uh, I think Alyson just did.”

Sounds like even though Conan O’Brien might have moved on from his late-night feud, there’s some anti-Leno ginger solidarity in Hollywood.

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Leno Strikes With A Low Blow About Letterman’s Marriage

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We, like most other folks we know, have been on Team Conan throughout these late-night wars, but we also admit to being on Team Letterman pretty much all the time. Honestly, we’re on any team Jay Leno isn’t on as his humor isn’t our style, and after last night, we will definitely not be watching the new Tonight Show when it premieres on March 1st.

While it’s no secret that Leno and David Letterman have always had a rivalry and Letterman has been having a field day with this whole NBC late night situation, Leno took things maybe a step too far when he took a pot shot at Letterman’s marriage in his monologue, saying “Letterman’s been hammering me every night. . . you want to know the best way to get Letterman to igore you? Marry him!” (You can watch the episode here.) Call us sensitive, but that seems like a low blow, since the barbs slung at Leno have been professional, not personal. Still, Leno is having the last laugh because he gets to give America what they really want: more Bill Clinton and O.J. Simpson jokes. [Photo: Getty Images]

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Conan O’Brien Rejects NBC’s Offer

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Conan O’Brien has rejected NBC’s offer to stay with “The Tonight Show” at a 12:05 AM time slot, following the “Jay Leno Show.” As sad as this is for comedy nerds everywhere (us, of course), we’re virtually high-fiving the redheaded host for calling NBC execs out for completely f*cking up (and over) their network, their stars, their staffers, and a show that has become an institution. Conan is one classy dude. Here’s his comment, which was released this afternoon, in its entirety:

People of Earth:

In the last few days, I’ve been getting a lot of sympathy calls, and I want to start by making it clear that no one should waste a second feeling sorry for me. For 17 years, I’ve been getting paid to do what I love most and, in a world with real problems, I’ve been absurdly lucky. That said, I’ve been suddenly put in a very public predicament and my bosses are demanding an immediate decision.

Six years ago, I signed a contract with NBC to take over The Tonight Show in June of 2009. Like a lot of us, I grew up watching Johnny Carson every night and the chance to one day sit in that chair has meant everything to me. I worked long and hard to get that opportunity, passed up far more lucrative offers, and since 2004 I have spent literally hundreds of hours thinking of ways to extend the franchise long into the future. It was my mistaken belief that, like my predecessor, I would have the benefit of some time and, just as important, some degree of ratings support from the prime-time schedule. Building a lasting audience at 11:30 is impossible without both.

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Ed McMahon Passes Away At 86

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Sad news today: veteran television personality and former Tonight Show sidekick Ed McMahon passed away this morning at the age of 86, at the Ronald Reagan/UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. McMahon was recently treated for pneumonia and had been in failing health for several months.

McMahon rose to fame as Johnny Carson‘s sidekick on the Tonight Show for 30 years, from 1962 until 1992, when Carson retired.  TV junkies will also remember him for his stints as host of TV’s Bloopers and Practical Jokes, Star Search, and most recently this year’s Superbowl ad for Cash4Gold.com, which spoofed his own financial problems. Without McMahon, there would be no “Heeeere’s Johnny!” or “You may have already won ten million dollars,” references in pop culture; the man was a comedy legend whose legacy will be remembered for a long time. McMahon is survived by his wife Pamela and five children.  [CNN. Photo: WireImage]

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