Leno Back At 'Tonight' Desk

"This show is like a dynasty. You hold it and then you hand it off to the next person." -- "Tonight" host Jay Leno, on plans to make way in five years for "Late Night" host Conan O'Brien. AP

Heard the one about the ill late-night host? Jay Leno wa sback at work Monday and joking about his absence.

Leno was back on NBC's "Tonight" after missing two shows last week because of illness.

In taping his monologue for Monday's show, the comedian made the most of his absence _ and of the swine flu outbreak dominating news headlines.

According to NBC, Leno told the Burbank studio audience he'd had a 103-degree fever and joked that it may have been a mistake to eat the raw pig a friend brought back from Mexico.

Another Leno quip: His HMO was so bad, he said, he was sent to the Burbank Airport baggage area for X-rays.

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