Kevin Eubanks To Leave Tonight Show?

Kevin Eubanks
Kevin Eubanks

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Kevin Eubanks made it public yesterday that he is leaving "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno"....or did he?

There were reports that hit that Kevin would be leaving the show, then that he would be there March 1st when the show returns.  The reason?  After 18 years of being on the Tonight Show and about 15 years as being band leader, he is suddenly getting the itch to tour. 

Why does this seem fishy to me?  Max Weinburg of Conan O'Brien's show was the band leader and also able to tour as the drummer of Bruce Springsteen's band.  So if Kevin really wanted to tour, wouldn't he just take a leave of absence and then return?

What this seems like to me is that perhaps someone is looking for a pay raise. 

If I am the Tonight Show producers, I give Kevin a raise.  It is too important right now to mess with anything on the Tonight Show.  There is so much on the line right now for Leno to gain the audience that Conan lost.   Kevin is more than Jay's safety net when it comes to jokes, but he also appears in skits and when you think of Kevin, you think of the Tonight Show.  There are rumors if Kevin does leave, Darius Rucker of Hootie & The Blowfish will take his place.  Oh my.

So do you think if Kevin leaves the Tonight Show, will it mess up the shows chemistry?-Dr.FB

P.S., I still think this is a ploy for a pay raise.