Leno took over The Tonight Show from Johnny Carson in 1992 and I was curious as to how it had affected his boyish good looks since then. How did the show treat him? Well it looks like the hair got a lot grayer (except the good ol’ skunk stripe, that got blacker), the face a little rounder and the belly a bit more “full”.
Back in 92′ sir O’Brien was still holding down the geek-boy dream job as writer for The Simpsons but he began his stint on Late Night the following year. So as for how his show treated him, aside from that hair really starting to take over, he looks pretty much the same. A little less wiry, a bit more fit. One thing is evident though, one need not have a decent mop on top to be a late night host. After comparing these I would say Conan is better off without the The Tonight Show after all.
Added Bonus: Jay Leno vs Conan O’Brien in commercial endorsements.
…and if you need a good explanation of the whole NBC debacle here it is explained in CGI for you: